If she had not died from the bullets fired by her husband, Oscar Pistorius, Reeva Steenkamp would have celebrated her 37th birthday, this Wednesday August 19, 2020. On the occasion of this sad birthday, Closer invites you to come back to the drama that s ‘took place on February 14, 2013 in the couple’s home in Pretoria, South Africa, and to take stock of the conviction of the former Paralympic champion who still spends his days behind bars in a South African prison.
As a reminder, Oscar Pistorius’ defense has never changed. By shooting four times through the bathroom door with a semi-automatic pistol, the double-leg amputee thought he was shooting burglars and not his wife, Reeva Steenkamp. Sentenced initially to five years in prison for manslaughter by negligence, the South African appealed and the facts were reclassified as murder. His sentence increases to six years in prison. Court acknowledges that he did not want to shoot Reeva Steenkamp and that he thought he was shooting a burglar but that the athlete “should have foreseen that the person behind the door could be injured” by shooting at the door of a space closed.
A release planned around 2026 for Oscar Pistorius
And it’s not finished ! In November 2017, the prosecution finally found the sentence much too lenient and condemned Oscar Pistorius to spend thirteen years behind bars in prison. Still locked up in the Atteridgeville correctional center, the former Paralympic champion could therefore regain his freedom in 2026. Note that “thanks” to his handicap, Oscar Pistorius enjoys certain privileges within the penitentiary center. A few years ago, the Daily Mail notably revealed that he had the right to his own bathroom.
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