Oscar Pistorius must have gotten a discount for being less than a full human being.
Oscar Pistorius, the South African double amputee sprinter who shot dead his girlfriend, is scheduled to be freed on parole on August 21 after serving just 10 months in jail.
The proposed release date, announced on Monday (local time), provoked an angry reaction from the parents of model and television presenter Reeva Steenkamp, 29, who Pistorius shot on Valentine’s Day in 2013.
“Incarceration of 10 months for taking a life is simply not enough,” her parents June and Barry Steenkamp said in a statement released online.
“We fear that this will not send out the proper message and serve as the deterrent it should.”
The statement added that the family had “forgiven” Pistorius and did “not seek to avenge” their daughter’s death.
“He has been recommended for correctional supervision on August 21,” Zach Modise, commissioner of the correctional services, told AFP.
“Normally, this will mean house arrest with one hour of free time each day. As he progresses, we will relax these conditions.”
The mad bugger has essentially gotten away with it. 10 months in jail, and then a cushy number at home for a while in exchange for a human life.
Is this justice?
– Kristen Van Schie, AFP