Latest Oscar Pistorius News

  • Pistorius killed our daughter deliberately - Steenkamps
    Pistorius killed our daughter deliberately - Steenkamps Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    Oscar Pistorius shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp deliberately, her parents said, ahead of an appeal hearing in which prosecutors are seeking to overturn a South African court ruling that the athlete was not guilty of murder. It was the first time Steenkamp's parents have spoken out against the court's verdict. Pistorius, 28, was found guilty last September of culpable homicide, the equivalent of manslaughter, after Judge Thokozile Masipa said state prosecutors had failed to prove the Paralympic gold medallist had shown "intent" to kill. More »

  • Steenkamps adamant Pistorius deliberately killed their daughter
    Steenkamps adamant Pistorius deliberately killed their daughter Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    Reeva Steenkamp's devastated parents remain adamant Oscar Pistorius deliberately killed their daughter, telling Australian television their life has been ruined and they are not ready to talk to the Paralympian. More »

  • Pistorius Parole Ruling 'Could Take Months'
    Pistorius Parole Ruling 'Could Take Months' Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    A decision over when Paralympian gold medalist Oscar Pistorius could be released from prison may take months, South Africa's justice ministry has said. Pistorius was due to be released on Friday but justice minister Michael Masutha blocked the move when he decided the date was "premature". The 28-year-old was jailed last year for five years for the killing of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013. More »

  • Steenkamp family hails move to block Pistorius release
    Steenkamp family hails move to block Pistorius release Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    The family of Reeva Steenkamp has welcomed the South Africa's surprise decision to block the release of Paralympian Oscar Pistorius, who is serving a five-year prison sentence for her murder. More »

  • Pistorius parole ruling could take four months - South African government
    Pistorius parole ruling could take four months - South African government Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    By Wendell Roelf CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South Africa's parole review board has up to four months to conclude its decision on when Oscar Pistorius can be released from prison, a Justice Ministry spokesman said on Thursday. Paralympic gold medallist Pistorius, 28, was due to be released into house arrest on Friday after serving 10 months of a five-year sentence for killing his girlfriend, model and law graduate Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine's Day 2013. Justice Minister Michael Masutha, however, on Wednesday blocked his proposed release because he said the decision was made without legal basis, an intervention the Pistorius family said left them "shocked and disappointed". More »

  • Oscar Pistorius Release Date Delayed
    Oscar Pistorius Release Date Delayed Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    Paralympian Oscar Pistorius will not leave jail on Friday as planned after South Africa's justice minister asked for a review of the decision to release him. Pistorius was given a five-year jail term 10 months ago for the killing of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013. He was due to be released this week under house arrest but justice minister Michael Masutha has stepped in to halt the release, saying the decision is "premature". More »

  • South African justice minister blocks Pistorius parole
    South African justice minister blocks Pistorius parole Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    By Peroshni Govender JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Oscar Pistorius will not be freed on parole this Friday because the decision to do so was made without the right legal basis, South Africa's justice minister said on Wednesday, shocking the athlete's family as they prepared for his homecoming. The former Paralympics gold medallist had been expected to be released after serving 10 months of a five-year sentence for killing his model and law graduate girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013. Justice Minister Michael Masutha said the parole board had wrongly taken a decision to release Pistorius on parole before the athlete had served a sixth of his sentence, as required by law. More »

  • South Africa's Pistorius' family 'disappointed' after parole … Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The family of athlete Oscar Pistorius who was jailed for killing his girlfriend said on Wednesday they were disappointed the athlete would not be released this Friday after the justice minister suspended his parole. "We are shocked and disappointed that Oscar won't be home this Friday," a family member who did not want to be named told Reuters on Wednesday. (Reporting by Peroshni Govender; Editing by James Macharia) More »

  • South Africa unexpectedly suspends release of Oscar Pistorius
    South Africa unexpectedly suspends release of Oscar Pistorius Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    South Africa has put the release of Paralympian Oscar Pistorius on hold, saying a decision to free him on Friday after serving only 10 months in prison for killing his girlfriend had been premature. More »

  • Oscar Pistorius has early prison release rejected by South African justice  …
    Oscar Pistorius has early prison release rejected by South African justice  … Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    Pistorius was convicted of manslaughter in 2014 after shooting dead his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine's Day 2013. Paralympic champion Pistorius said he believed that she was an intruder, and shot her dead through a closed bathroom door. Under South African law Pistorius is eligible for release under "correctional supervision" having served a sixth of his sentence. More »

  • Oscar Pistorius Will Not Be Released From Jail This Week
    Oscar Pistorius Will Not Be Released From Jail This Week Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    Killer athlete Oscar Pistorius will NOT be released from jail this Friday as had been expected. More »

  • South Africa justice minister says seeking legal advice on Pistorius parole
    South Africa justice minister says seeking legal advice on Pistorius parole Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's Justice Minister said on Tuesday he was seeking legal advice on whether the parole board was right to release Oscar Pistorius on house arrest on Friday after serving a sixth of his five year sentence for killing his girlfriend. "Whether that decision of the parole board was regular and correct in law, is what I am seeking advice about and if it wasn't, whether there is anything that empowers me in law to have the matter revisited," Justice Minister Michael Masutha told Reuters. (Reporting by Peroshni Govender; Editing by Stella Mapenzauswa) More »

  • Prosecutors appeal Pistorius verdict, seek murder conviction
    Prosecutors appeal Pistorius verdict, seek murder conviction Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    South African prosecutors have filed an appeal calling for Paralympian star Oscar Pistorius to be convicted of murder for killing his girlfriend -- just days before he is due to be released from prison. More »

  • Prosecutors Launch Pistorius Murder Appeal
    Prosecutors Launch Pistorius Murder Appeal Mon, Aug 17, 2015

    Prosecutors have begun an appeal against the verdict in the Oscar Pistorius case, arguing he should have been convicted of murder. The athlete was convicted of culpable homicide - equivalent to manslaughter - for shooting dead girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in February 2013. He was not found guilty of murder because the judge said the prosecution had not proved he intended to kill when he opened fire on his toilet door. More »

  • South Africa: Prosecutors push for murder charges against Oscar Pistorius
    South Africa: Prosecutors push for murder charges against Oscar Pistorius Mon, Aug 17, 2015

    South African prosecutors have made Reeva Steenkamp. "What I can assure you is that today [17 August] the papers were filed in the Supreme Court of Appeal," said National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Luvuyo Mfaku, reported AFP News. Pistorius' defense lawyers will have until 17 September to respond and the appeal will be heard by the Supreme Court in November. More »

  • South African prosecutors file Pistorius appeal Mon, Aug 17, 2015

    South African state prosecutors filed an appeal on Monday against the verdict of culpable homicide passed on Oscar Pistorius for killing his girlfriend, arguing the athlete should have been convicted of murder. The Paralympic gold medallist admitted 29-year-old killing Reeva Steenkamp in February 2013 by firing four shots into the locked door of a toilet cubicle in what he said was the mistaken belief that an intruder was hiding behind it. Pistorius, whose lower legs were amputated as a baby, is due to be released on Friday after serving 10 months of a five-year sentence, in line with South Africa's custodial guidelines for non-dangerous prisoners. More »

  • After prison, Pistorius set for 'mansion arrest'
    After prison, Pistorius set for 'mansion arrest' Mon, Aug 17, 2015

    By Joe Brock PRETORIA (Reuters) - In one of the wealthiest suburbs of South Africa's capital Pretoria stands a three-storey mansion where Paralympic gold medallist Oscar Pistorius will be taken on his release from prison this week. Pistorius, 29, is expected to wear an electronic tracking tag when he is released on Friday after serving 10 months of a five-year sentence for killing his model and law graduate girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013. The release of Pistorius, whose lower legs were amputated when he was a baby, is in line with South African sentencing guidelines that say non-dangerous prisoners should spend only one-sixth of a custodial sentence behind bars. More »

  • Oscar Pistorius Set To Be Freed From Prison Next Week After Just 10 Months
    Oscar Pistorius Set To Be Freed From Prison Next Week After Just 10 Months Thu, Aug 13, 2015

    Killer Paralympian Oscar Pistorius is set to be freed from prison next week - after serving just 10 months of a five-year sentence. More »

  • Pistorius Cop Reveals Blood Bath Nightmares
    Pistorius Cop Reveals Blood Bath Nightmares Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    The police photographer called to the Oscar Pistorius crime scene has spoken of the trauma and nightmares he still suffers. In court papers accusing bosses of ignoring his deteriorating mental health and refusing to put him on a medical pension, Morne du Toit said the scene he found at Pistorius' house convinced him it was time to leave the police. The Olympic and Paralymic athlete was jailed for five years for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013. More »

  • Pistorius 'To Be Freed From Jail In August'
    Pistorius 'To Be Freed From Jail In August' Mon, Jun 8, 2015

    Oscar Pistorius is likely to be freed in August as he faces an appeal over his sentence for killing his girlfriend, a family member has said. The Paralympic and Olympic athlete, who fatally shot Reeva Steenkamp through a locked bathroom door with expanding hollow-point bullets, was handed a five-year jail sentence in October. And Ms Steenkamp's family said in a letter to the parole board that "10 months for taking a life is simply not enough. More »

  • Family anger as Pistorius to be released in August
    Family anger as Pistorius to be released in August Mon, Jun 8, 2015

    Oscar Pistorius, the South African amputee sprinter who shot dead his girlfriend, is set to be freed on parole in August after serving just 10 months in jail, officials said Monday, sparking anger from her family. More »

  • Pistorius to be released on parole on August 21
    Pistorius to be released on parole on August 21 Mon, Jun 8, 2015

    South African athlete Oscar Pistorius will be released on parole on Aug. 21 after serving 10 months of a five-year sentence for culpable homicide of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, authorities said. The Olympic and Paralympic track star is behind bars in the capital, Pretoria, after being convicted in October after a seven-month trial. The release of Pistorius, whose lower legs were amputated when he was a baby, had been largely expected under South African sentencing guidelines that say non-dangerous prisoners should spend only one-sixth of a custodial sentence behind bars. More »