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Oscar Pistorius’ parole plea rejected

Oscar Pistorius and his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp some years ago before the murder

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Oscar Pistorius, who murdered his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp 10 years ago has been denied parole in South Africa.

Prisoners become eligible for parole after they may have spent half of their sentence.

Pistorius, who was a former Paralympian had been seeking his early release since the shooting 10 years ago.

The BBC noted that the prison authorities claimed Pistorius had not served enough time and they would consider the matter again next year.

Meanwhile, Pistorius’ parents have said the decision should not be a reason for celebration as they still hope for justice to be served.

Steenkamp’s mother, June Steenkamp said she doesn’t believe in the apologies of Oscar Pistorius, who had expressed remorse for killing his girlfriend.

Pistorius’ family are demanding clarifications on the parole rules after he was declined on an unexpected technicality.

Pistorius was initially found guilty of culpable homicide and given a six-year term but prosecutors immediately filed an appeal arguing that the ruling was too lenient.

The sentence was increased to 13 years and was then convicted of murder.

Writing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade; Editing by Adeniyi Bakare