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He’s Not “Out” on Parole: Oscar Pistorius’ House Arrest Starts on Tuesday

Behind the DoorThe Kgosi Mampuru II Correctional Supervision and Parole Board has approved Oscar Pistorius’ release from prison into correctional supervision.

The date of his parole will be from Tuesday, 20 October, 2015 until 2019.

Pistorius was to be released in August after serving 10 months‚ a sixth of his five-year sentence for culpable homicide. His release was halted when Justice Minister Michael Masutha opposed the decision‚ saying it had been taken before Pistorius had served the required sixth of his sentence.

The parole board met in Pretoria for the second time on Thursday.

The Department of Correctional Services issued a statement saying: “The parole board considered all submissions‚ including the offender’s profile report‚ the directives of the Parole Review Board and the submission of the victim’s family.

The Kgosi Mampuru II CSPB says: “Upon careful consideration of the facts placed before the Parole Board as contained in the G326 (Profile Report) submitted by the Case Management Committee in terms of Section 42 (2)/* 79 of the Correctional Services Act of 1998‚ the Parole Board decided to place Mr. Oscar Pistorius under correctional supervision as from 2015/10/20 until 2019/10/20.”

“The Parole Board has also given the offender his correctional supervision conditions which include the directives of the Parole Review Board in respect of continued psychotherapy and prohibitions in line with the Fire Arms Control Act.”

The state is preparing to appeal against the culpable homicide verdict. Prosecutors will contend that Pistorius should have been convicted of murder.

Source: RDM News Wire
 

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The Guardian spoke to criminal lawyer David Dadic, who explained that Pistorius isn’t out on parole but is under house arrest.

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Full details of the conditions were not revealed by the corrections department, although it did say that Pistorius would have to continue receiving psychotherapy and would not be allowed to possess a firearm.

Criminal lawyer David Dadic said: “He’s not ‘out’ on parole … he’s having his sentence converted to a house arrest sentence. He’s now confined to a house for a period. They’ll confine him essentially to what he would be doing in prison but in the confines of his own house.”

Nomahlubi Jordaan reports for the Sowetan that Pistorius will have to adhere to a strict set of rules to avoid being sent back to prison:

Paralympian Oscar Pistorius will have to continue with psychotherapy and not possess a firearm to stay out of jail when he is released next Tuesday‚ according to the conditions of the Correctional Services Parole Board.

The Correctional Services department announced on Thursday in a statement that it has decided to release the double-amputee sprinter‚ 28‚ from jail under correctional supervision.

For in-depth coverage of the case that shook the world, read Behind the Door: The Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp Story by Mandy Wiener and Barry Bateman.

 
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