Sports

Oscar Pistorius starts community service after prison release

By on

Paralympian Oscar Pistorius on Saturday has started his community service following his release from prison in October.

The said community service is part of the South African’s parole conditions, barely a year since being sentenced to five years in prison for the death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, who he killed on February 14, 2013.

“Oscar Pistorius was placed under correctional supervision tonight,” correctional services department spokesman Manelisi Wolela said in a statement.

“The handling of the actual placement is an operational matter of the local management, and how they handle it is their prerogative that is carried out in the best interest of all parties concerned, the victims, the offender and the department of correctional services.”

A video aired by local news site, News24, showed Pistorius – in his first public appearance since being released, arriving at the Garsfontein police station in Pretoria, not minding the reporters and photographers who have gathered outside.

He will be serving the rest of his prison sentence under house arrest at his uncle’s home in the city.

The home in Pretoria where former Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius will be serving the rest of his five-year sentence under house arrest. (AFP)

The home in Pretoria where former Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius will be serving the rest of his five-year sentence under house arrest. (AFP)

Called the “Blade Runner” for his carbon fiber prosthetic blades he uses to compete, the 28-year-old Pistorius was found guilty of culpable homicide over the death of the 29-year-old Steenkamp.

During last year’s trial, Pistorius, a gold medalist at the Paralympics, testified that he had shot his girlfriend through a bathroom door for mistaking her as an intruder.

In a statement, Pistorius’ family had said that he would strictly abide by the conditions brought about his house arrest.

“The family is happy that Oscar is home but they want to make the point that Oscar’s sentence continues,” said family spokesperson Anneliese Burgess. “His sentence hasn’t been shortened or reduced, he continues to serve his sentence.”

Among the conditions of his release include that Pistorius must undergo regular psychotherapy and will not be allowed to have a gun in his possession.

The prosecution, meanwhile, will appeal the verdict, saying Pistorius should have been convicted of murder – a charge which, if found guilty, has a minimum 15-year sentence.

To Top