Oscar Pistorius towards probation?



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Oscar Pistorius towards probation?

Oscar Pistorius could soon be released on parole. The South African Paralympic champion has already served half his sentence for the murder of his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius shot his 29-year-old girlfriend in the early hours of Valentine's Day in 2013.

The athlete fired four times at the bathroom door, hitting Reeva locked inside her. Pistorius was found guilty on appeal of voluntary murder and was sentenced in 2017 to 13 years and five months in prison, a sentence more than doubled from the first degree.

As early as July, the 34-year-old Pistorius had already served the minimum period of prison required to apply for parole. From the prison department of South Africa, it is learned that in October Pistorius could have held a preliminary interview with the parents of Reeva Steenkamp, ​​an integral part of the evaluation on probation.

But that meeting jumped because, as Steenkamp's lawyer explained, they had not been informed about the procedures to be followed. Furthermore, the South African prison services were supposed to hold preliminary talks with the victim, or in this case the victim's parents, and with the detainee, but they were postponed until a later date.

And the report by the psychologist and social workers on Pistorius is also missing. Tania Koen, a lawyer for the Steenkamp family, said: "Half of the sentence must have been served to get probation. For Pistorius, the terms expired in July, but that doesn't mean he automatically has the right to be released."

Pistorius, on Valentine's night in 2013, in Pretoria, through the closed door of the bathroom of the house adjacent to her bedroom, fired four shots at her girlfriend, killing her. He claimed to have heard thieves break into the house, but in 2017 he was found guilty of voluntary homicide, with a penalty more than doubled compared to the first instance sentence.

New York welcomed the historic marathon with 33,000 participants!

The 50th edition of the New York marathon, the most prestigious in the world, after the break last year due to the consequences of the global COVID-19 pandemic, is back to running on a day of great celebration in the North American city.

The men's race saw the victory of Kenyan Albert Korir, while countrywoman Jepchirchir triumphed in the women's competition. As usual, there were thousands of attendees, with crowds supporting them all along the way, with flags and cheers, from Staten Island to Brooklyn, from Manhattan to Queens.

After the competition between professionals, the competition turns into a big party. This year there were only just over 33,000 participants, the overwhelming majority of them Americans, as the United States will reopen its borders to the rest of the world only in the next few hours, putting an end to the restrictions on travel related to the vaccinated.

sanitary emergency. The marathon was the last missing piece among the reopening of New York, as the organizers and mayor Eric Adams point out. Larry Trachtenberg, a 77-year-old New Yorker, crossed the finish line, who at the age of 16 participated in the first legendary Big Apple marathon, that of September 13, 1970.