South African paralympian Oscar Pistorius wants early release from prison


South African paralympian , 35, has sued prison officials in a bid for early release. He is in prison sentenced of 13 years and five months for fatally shooting his reality star girlfriend 27-year-old Reeva Steenkamp through a locked bathroom stall at his home, in 2013. He than claimed he mistook her for a burglar in the early morning hours. “I humbly submit that I have done everything in my power to rehabilitate, to conduct myself in such a manner as to constantly comply with prison rules, to show full remorse,” Pistorius said in a statement to the judges. He has served more than half his sentence for the murder. Officials at Attteridgeville prison, where he is being held, say the country’s highest court has given contradictory rulings and they need guidance on how to calculate the amount of time he has served. South Africa’s Department of Correctional Services has said it is also seeking a court judgement to establish when his sentence officially began. The South African Paralympian claimed that their failure to comply with prison legislation infringed his “right to procedurally fair administrative action”. He wants Gauteng’s High Court to order the parole board to convene a hearing for him.


Pistorius became the first double-amputee to race at the Olympics when he competed at the London 2012 games.