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Oscar Pistorius parole review delayed two weeks

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A South African parole board has delayed by two weeks a review of whether Paralympian star Oscar Pistorius should be released early.

“The parole review board met on Friday and they could not deal with all the matters at hand, including the case of Oscar Pistorius,” a Correctional Services official said.

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“They will meet again in two weeks’ time to look at his matter.”

“The board had a series of other matters and could not get to his matter. There is nothing more than that to the delay,” Manelisi Wolela added.

The 28-year-old double amputee was sentenced in October 2014 to five years in prison for killing his girlfriend, model and law graduate Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day 2013, after a trial that attracted global headlines.

He was found guilty of culpable homicide – a charge equivalent to manslaughter – after saying during the trial that he shot her through a locked bathroom door because he mistook her for an intruder.

Pistorius was due to leave prison last month to serve the rest of his sentence under house arrest but Justice Minister Michael Masutha blocked his release and referred the case to the parole review board.

Even if he is freed, Pistorius could find himself back behind bars for a minimum of 15 years if an appeal by prosecutors is successful.


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