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1. Oscar Pistorius to leave prison.
Convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius will leave prison on October 20 and be put under correctional supervision at home.
The former Paralympian shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and was sentenced to five years in prison last October.
Pistorius, 28, has now been jailed for 12 months and will spend the rest of his sentence under what South African law calls “correctional supervision,” according to the parole board.
The South African Broadcasting Corporation news channel said “Oscar Pistorius to be released under correctional supervision next Tuesday.”
The parole board met this morning… on Friday the board consulted with Reeva Steenkamp’s family about Pistorius’s possible release,” it said.
“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.”
Polly Neate, Chief Executive of UK Charity Women’s Aid said that the release of Oscar Pistorius was a gross injustice.
“Reeva Steenkamp’s life clearly weighs less heavily in the judicial balance than Pistorious’ access to freedom. It seems that the excuses that have surrounded him since he killed her are more important than the fact that she is dead. This is a devastating indication of the lack of value placed on women’s lives. Until this changes, we will never progress towards to a culture which values women’s lives enough to make them safer.”
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