Is ten months prison time enough for the life of someone’s daughter? 8



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Oscar Pistorius is set to be released from prison this Friday, after serving just 10 months of his five year sentence for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius testified that he shot Steenkamp after mistaking her for a dangerous intruder hiding in his bathroom.
Because of his good behaviour in prison, 28-year-old Pistorius can be released on probation under house arrest. He will have to wear an electronic tag and report to a police station close to his residence.

The release will come two days after his victim’s birthday. This must be an incredibly difficult time for Reeva’s parents, knowing that the man who killed their daughter will be released to see out his term in the luxury home of his wealthy uncle.

Reeva’s parents must still be mourning the loss of their daughter. For the Steenkamps to see Pistorius back in the lap of luxury, albeit with his liberty severely limited, must come as another blow to the couple.

The Steenkamp’s submitted a letter urging the parole board not to release him early. “Incarceration of 10 months for taking a life is simply not enough,” the letter read in part. “We fear that this will not send out the proper message and serve as a deterrent it should.”

In the same letter, June and Barry Steenkamp wrote that they had forgiven Pistorius, but that a person found guilty of a crime must be held accountable for his actions.

The prosecuting authority has always maintained that he should be convicted of murder. The state’s appeal is set to take place in November.  It would open the door for a potential resentencing. The drawn-out legal battle will continue to cost Pistorius financially. The sponsorships are gone, and many of his cars and property have been sold as the legal battle continues.

Do you think it’s right that Pistorius should be held under house arrest having only served 10 months of his jail sentence?

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  1. Even if all this was an accident, 10 months is completely unacceptable and such a shame for the victim’s family. There is no justice here.

  2. What a total joke – although it isn’t the least bit funny. Fancy someone being convicted of taking another life, receiving 5 years (???) and then released on a good behaviour bond (house arrest) after 10 months behind bars!!! Where is the justice in this?? What about the family who will never be the same again after losing their beautiful daughter?? SHAME South African Legal System, SHAME….

  3. What was the question?
    10 months in gaol for killing my daughter?
    I’ll do the 10 months for killing their son.
    Justice served.

  4. No words to describe how bad it all is human life held so cheaply!

  5. Unfortunately we all knew this would happen, It was a token sentence, How disheartening for this poor girls family, It is very wrong and the judicial system over there was a joke.

  6. Even if he thought it was an intruder, he still deliberately killed someone. Isn’t that murder?

  7. When a person fires shots into a small space known to be occupied by a fellow human being, girlfriend or burglar, he knows there is an excellent chance that the individual will be killed. If his intention was to kill, it’s murder, if not it’s manslaughter, but it’s arguable that the intention is demonstrated in such an act by the knowledge that someone inside would have good prospects of being fatally injured. Thus, the balance of probability is towards murder.
    When you leave a double bed you are sharing with someone else, you usually know if they are still in bed. Also, he could have asked, “Is that you in there my darling?” He should have gotten a life sentence.

  8. No it is not enough – he should get 30 years with no early release or parole. It was a deliberate act of a gun happy maniac.

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