Pistorius eligible for parole since March

Pistorius eligible for parole since March

Oscar Pistorius could have walked out of prison a few months ago.

Oscar Pistorius

The Constitutional Court has confirmed the convicted killer and paralympian was eligible for parole in March already.

In a ruling today, the highest court in the land says he had serviced half of his murder sentence by then. 

There was a twist at his parole hearing earlier this year in which Pistorius was widely expected to be released.

He was denied parole in March after the board ruled he should remain behind bars as it had found he had yet to spend the minimum required time behind bars to qualify for parole.

Pistorius then turned to the constitutional court to clear up the confusion around his sentence and parole.

The convicted killer shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentines Day ten years ago at his home in Pretoria.

The Department of Correctional Service's Singabakho Nxumalo confirms they have received an order from the Constitutional Court on the proper interpretation of the Supreme Court of Appeal's judgment on Pistorius' sentence delivered on 24 November 2017.

"The matter relates to the sentence given to inmate Oscar Leonard Pistorius, its effective date and the impact on the calculation of the minimum detention period. DCS is studying the order and shall in due course pronounce itself on the way forward. This shall ensure that the order of court is correctly executed."

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