Nothing unusual in Oscar's early release - lawyer

2015-10-20 10:00
Media wait to be briefed outside Oscar Pistorius's uncle's house. (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

Media wait to be briefed outside Oscar Pistorius's uncle's house. (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

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

Pretoria – There was nothing unusual in releasing Reeva Steenkamp's killer, Oscar Pistorius, a few hours early, a lawyer said on Tuesday.

“I don’t see anything improper in releasing him a couple of hours earlier,” William Booth told News24.

It was not necessarily preferential treatment as he had served more than the required 10 months of jail time.

Pistorius completed the 10 months, or one-sixth, of his five-year jail sentence on August 21. He is expected to spend the rest of his sentence at the Waterkloof, Pretoria, home of his uncle Arnold Pistorius.

Pistorius was snuck out of Pretoria’s Kgosi Mampuru II prison on Monday evening, despite the parole board saying last week that he would be released on Tuesday.

He was sentenced in terms of section 276 1 (i) of the Criminal Procedure Act, which states that an offender may be released into correctional supervision after a period of imprisonment, at the discretion of the correctional services commissioner or parole board.

“This sentence... is imposed on a fairly regular basis for offenders, so it’s not a special Oscar Pistorius kind of sentence at all. People seem to think that,” Booth said.

To be released into correctional supervision an offender had to meet certain requirements, like have a fixed address, be able to do community service, and participate in programmes like anger management.

On October 21 last year, Pistorius was sentenced to five years in jail for shooting Steenkamp dead on Valentine's Day in 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.

Read more on:    reeva steenkamp  |  oscar pistorius  |  pretoria  |  pistorius trial

Join the conversation! 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

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


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 network.


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.