Saturday 25 November 2017

Pistorius 'frail' as his parole board meet today in South Africa

Oscar Pistorius
Oscar Pistorius
Oscar Pistorius during his trial

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Oscar Pistorius will find out today whether he will be granted parole ten months into his jail sentence.

The parole review panel have begun their meeting in Durban, South Africa to determine the athlete's fate.

He is reportedly currently in a 'frail' state and 'living a nightmare' according to the local media reports.

Pistorius has to date served 11 months of a five-year sentence handed down for the culpable homicide of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp (29) in 2013.

The parole panel is comprised of a number of legal experts and is chaired by a South African judge.

Read More: Prosecutors launch appeal bid days before Pistorius released

Local journalists have congregated outside the Kgosi Mampru II prison in Pretoria, the location where Pistorius is being detained.

However it has been reported that a decision regarding his parole could be weeks or even months away.

South African law stipulates that the Olympic medal winner, dubbed the 'blade runner', is now eligible for release under house arrest, having served a sixth of his sentence.

Read More: Oscar Pistorius to be released on parole in August - family member

The double-amputee shot Reeva Steenkamp through a locked bathroom door at his home in South Africa's capital, Pretoria, thinking she was an intruder, he told his trial.

The prosecution have appealed against the ruling, arguing he should be convicted of murder.

Their appeal is due to be heard in November 2015.

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