Oscar Pistorius could be freed from jail two years EARLY due to legal blunder, court hears
- Judges admitted his sentence has not been backdated far enough to when he was first convicted of murder meaning he could be paroled 18 months earlier
- Former gold-medallist sprinter has already served 506 days of his prison term
- This would mean paralympian should be considered for parole in March 2023
- He was jailed for 15 years in 2013 for shooting his model lover Reeva Steenkamp
Killer paralympian Oscar Pistorius may be freed from jail two years early due to a legal error, it emerged yesterday.
South African appeal court judges admitted his sentence had not been backdated far enough to when he was first convicted of murder – meaning he could be eligible for parole 18 months earlier than planned.
The former gold-medallist sprinter has already served 506 days of his term so should be considered for release in March 2023.
A legal error could mean paralympian Oscar Pistorius is released from prison 18 months early
Double-amputee Pistorius – known as Blade Runner due to his prostheses – was jailed for 15 years for shooting his model lover Reeva Steenkamp dead in 2013.
The decision just a week before the anniversary of Reeva’s death has left her family distraught, with a friend describing the prospect of his early release as ‘extremely distressing’.
Lawyer Tania Koen, who represents Reeva’s parents, said the still grieving couple were ‘pained’ that the error emerged just as they were bracing themselves for the eighth anniversary.
In a statement, she said: ‘This time of year always is especially traumatic for June and Barry what with the upcoming 8th anniversary of their daughter’s death on January 14.
‘Whilst they understand that everyone makes mistakes it is hurtful that the error came to light a week before the anniversary of Reeva’s death.’
The family friend added: ‘At this time of year the family like to be alone and they have their own private ceremony for Reeva where they take flowers down to the beach and remember her.
Oscar Pistorius was jailed for 15 years in 2013 for shooting his model lover Reeva Steenkamp
‘It is extremely distressing for them that news of Oscar’s potential early release on parole should be broken to them just a week before they go through such a tough time as this.’
The potential early release date for the killer athlete comes after an application by Pistorius’s lawyer Julian Knight insisting his client’s case should be reviewed.
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