Posts Tagged ‘Reeva Steenkamp’

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When Oscar Pistorius was found guilty of culpable homicide rather than murder, it was thought he would get fifteen years in prison. This is the usual sentence for the offence. When he only got five years there was public outcry. Not only for the sentence, but also for the culpable homicide verdict. The majority watching the trial had already convicted him of murder and sentenced him to life imprisonment.

To add insult to injury, in South Africa, once you have served a sixth of your sentence, providing that sentence is five years or less, you are eligible to be considered for house arrest, meaning that you leave prison for home, with a few rules. In Pistorius’ case, the parole board had made their decision in June, three months before they were required to, an as yet unexplained anomaly. Oscar Pistorius, no doubt, was looking forward to being reunited with his family in more familiar surroundings. (more…)