Oscar Pistorius's Parole Panel to Hear Arguments for Release

  • Hearing delayed to Oct. 15 to give time for submissions
  • Double-amputee Olympian was convicted on manslaughter in 2014

The parole hearing for Oscar Pistorius, the jailed Parlaympian gold medalist, was postponed to Oct. 15 to give the family of Reeva Steenkamp, the girlfriend he killed, time to submit evidence.

Pistorius was jailed in October last year for manslaughter after killing Steenkamp in his home on Valentine’s Day two years ago. The athlete, who said he thought she was an intruder, could serve the rest of his five-year sentence under house arrest.

Oscar Pistorius, right, is escorted by policemen at the High Court in Pretoria, on Oct. 21, 2014.

Photographer: Gianluigi Guercia/AFP via Getty Images

Pistorius and his attorney attended a hearing at the Kgosi Mampuru prison in Pretoria, the capital, on Friday, the Department of Correctional Services said in an e-mailed statement. The department earlier said the board would meet again on Oct. 21.

“It is expected that the Steenkamp family will make a submission on the possible placement of Oscar Pistorius under community corrections, early next week,” it said.

A parole review panel set aside an previous decision by the board to release Pistorius. He was kept in jail in August after the justice minister asked for his eligibility to serve the sentence at home to be re-evaluated.

The Supreme Court of Appeal will hear arguments from state prosecutor, Gerrie Nel, next month on why Pistorius should be convicted of murder for the shooting. Pistorius, the first double amputee to compete at an Olympic Games, fired four bullets through a locked toilet door, killing Steenkamp in the early hours of Feb. 14, 2013.

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