Oscar Pistorius, South Africa’s “Blade Runner”, was released on parole on Monday, just short of a year into his five-year sentence for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
But the disgraced Paralympic gold medallist still needs to confront an appeal by prosecutors who contend that he should happen to be convicted of murder rather than culpable homicide, and must serve the rest of his term under house arrest.
Pistorius, 28, who had been found guilty of the lesser charge when he hit Steenkamp and fired four shots through a bathroom door that is locked, will likely be confined Arnold’s home in a rich suburb.
The athlete, when he was an infant whose lower legs were amputated, is going to be freed with South African sentencing guidelines that say non -dangerous prisoners should spend only one-sixth of a custodial sentence behind bars.
The section said Pistorius’ parole conditions comprise the gun enthusiast must undergo psychotherapy and is not allowed to possess a gun.
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Steenkamp’s family have said they challenged the verdict in public in August and are miserable with Pistorius’s sentence.
Reeva is not coming back.”
Prosecutors claim because Pistorius must have been aware the person behind the door may be killed, the verdict should be among homicide. The appeal is supposed to be heard on Nov. 3.
The state will contend the trial judge misinterpreted sections of the law and ignored evidence that is vital. A murder conviction would lead to a minimum sentence of 15 years in penitentiary.
The appeal will be heard by a panel. They are able to either reject the prosecution’s appeal, order a retrial or convict Pistorius of murder themselves, legal experts say.