Pistorius family didn't know about secret early release plan

2015-10-20 10:46
Pistorius family spokesperson Annelise Burgess addresses the media outside Arnold Pistorius's house in Pretoria. (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

Pistorius family spokesperson Annelise Burgess addresses the media outside Arnold Pistorius's house in Pretoria. (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Pretoria - The Pistorius family had no idea that Oscar Pistorius would be released a day early, spokesperson Annelise Burgess said on Tuesday morning.

"Like you, we were expecting him to be released today. We were informed that the details of any release are decided upon by the facility concerned and that is why Oscar was release a couple of hours earlier."

Burgess said the family was happy to have him home.

“They want to make the point that Oscar’s sentence continues,” she told reporters outside the home of Pistorius’s uncle Arnold.

He would strictly adhere to the terms of his release, she added.

Pistorius would serve out the rest of his five-year sentence at his uncle's home after he was released into correctional supervision on Monday evening.

Next phase of his sentence

"It's very important for the family to emphasise that Oscar's sentence has not been shortened or reduced. He is simply entering the next step phase of his sentence. He will serve this under the strict conditions that govern correctional supervision."

The family had no comment on the Steenkamps.

Pistorius was sentenced to five years behind bars for killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine's Day 2013. He was sentenced to a further three years, suspended for five years, for firing a shot at Tasha’s restaurant in Johannesburg, in January 2013.

He spent just over 10 months in jail.

"He will strictly adhere to the conditions set by the parole board and the community corrections. I can't answer on behalf of the family or Oscar. Oscar is here at home with the family. I can't talk about the conditions at this stage, I'm sure that will become clearer as time goes by.

"The family is happy that he is home but want the point that the sentence continues and that is the key point here," said Burgess.

WATCH: Pistorius family spokesperson Anneliese Burgess read out a statement outside their Pretoria home as Oscar began his correctional supervision.

Read more on:    oscar pistorius  |  pretoria  |  pistorius trial

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

PARTNER CONTENT
WATCH: How education can change a life

A university education gives students the chance to create a better future for themselves, their families and to opportunity achieve their dreams.

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.