Shamed Olympian Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to 5 years for the killing of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. But he could be out on parole as early as August, and when he is free, he wants to work with kids.
One of his lawyers, Robert Kruger, said:
He is managing in jail, he’s isolated but hanging in and praying to keep up his strength.
He is keen to become involved in assisting children in whatever opportunity comes up. His legal team are trying to help with this and sort a job.
Campaigners have opposed Pistorius’ treatment in prison, because he has been on the hospital wing, with extra comforts and gourmet meals. I imagine the same campaigners are not happy that he will be out and free in three months time, either.
His solicitor, Barry Roux, spoke to the Sunday Mirror, saying:
The parole conditions will be at their discretion, don’t drink, go to church, no drugs, he’ll have a psychological programme, an anger management course. They will set the parameters and he will keep to them.
He will leave prison in three months time and wherever he goes he will be Oscar Pistorius. There is no way a man as famous as him can change his name.
He will have to lift his head, and take it on the chin.
It’s a difficult one, really.
He was found guilty of a crime, convicted, and is serving his time. So when he is a free man, he should be allowed to get on with his life, right?
But, firstly, I can’t believe he wasn’t found guilty of murder in the first place. And I’m not alone in that. So I can see why people wouldn’t be happy with him being out of prison so soon. However, if he is given a sentence for his crime, and he serves it, what more is he supposed to do? He is trying to get on with his life, much like you or I would after serving a sentence.
What do you think?