Ten years after capturing and killing Reeva Steenkamp via a rest room door of their residence, double amputee runner and six-time Paralympic gold medallist Oscar Pistorius, 37, of South Africa is to be paroled and might be launched from jail on Jan. 5, 2024.
On Valentine’s Day in 2013, Pistorius, often known as the “Blade Runner,” fired quite a few pictures via a rest room door in his residence, killing Steenkamp, who was inside. The South African athletics star persistently denied aspiring to kill her, saying he shot her by mistake, believing she was an intruder.
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Pistorius was initially convicted of the lesser cost of culpable murder and sentenced to 5 years in jail, however after an attraction by prosecutors, he was discovered responsible of homicide in 2016 and the sentence elevated by an extra six years. In 2017, in accordance with a report within the Globe and Mail, his sentence was greater than doubled, after South Africa’s Supreme Court docket of Attraction determined it was too lenient. In 2021, it was introduced he would quickly be eligible for parole, having served half his sentence.
Pistorius competed within the 2004 Summer time Paralympics in Athens, ending third total within the T44 100m and profitable gold within the 200m; he went on to compete once more in 2008, profitable gold within the 100m, 200m and 400m. He needed to compete in opposition to able-bodied runners, however the IAAF (now World Athletics) dominated that runners utilizing prosethetic blades had an unfair benefit and couldn’t race in opposition to able-bodied athletes. Pistorius fought this ruling and received, and the rule was revoked, clearing the way in which for him to attempt to qualify for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. (Additional research have additionally concluded that prosthetic blades don’t confer a bonus over able-bodied runners.)
For numerous causes, Pistorius didn’t compete within the Olympics till 2012 in London, the place he turned the primary amputee runner to compete in an Olympic Video games. He reached the semi-finals of the 400m, the place he completed eighth, and competed within the 4x400m relay, the place the South African squad completed eighth out of 9. Pistorius carried the South African flag within the closing ceremonies.