Oscar ‘monitoring device’ reports not true – correctional services

2014-11-12 08:58

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The department of correctional services has dismissed reports that convicted Paralympian Oscar Pistorius would not be eligible for correctional supervision because an electronic monitoring device cannot be fitted to his ankle.

“The department rejects any notion that attempts to pre-empt any decision that will be taken with respect to the offender concerned, and that will have an impact on his rehabilitation,” the department’s spokesperson Manelisi Wolela said yesterday.

“The department also calls on journalists to refrain from irresponsible reporting, and to take care to report news truthfully, accurately and fairly.”

Wolela said that the correctional services regulations stipulated that “electronic monitoring devices must be compact, unobstructive and allow persons under community corrections as far as possible to carry out their normal daily activities.

“The electronic monitoring device must be fitted to the ankle or wrist without causing a risk to the person’s health.”

Pistorius was jailed for five years for the culpable homicide of his girlfriend, law graduate and model Reeva Steenkamp. He shot her dead through the locked toilet door in his Pretoria home on February 14 last year.

Last week, the National Prosecuting Authority filed an application for leave to appeal against both the conviction and sentence.

The appeal will be heard in the North Gatueng High Court in December.

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