South African Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius has been denied parole after seeking early release from prison.
Pistorius, also known as ‘The Blade Runner’, made headlines in the 2012 Paralympic Games before being convicted for shooting and killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in 2013.
According to Tania Koen, a lawyer for the victim’s family, the request for parole was denied due to Pistorius not completing the minimum detention period required.
Prisoners in South Africa are eligible for parole consideration after serving half of their sentence, and Pistorius has served more than half, having started his term in 2014.
Pistorius was initially jailed for six years, but his sentence was later increased to 13 years after prosecutors appealed the initial sentence, arguing that it was too lenient.
The Friday parole hearing was held at a correctional facility on the outskirts of the capital where the 36-year-old is being held. Pistorius had pleaded not guilty to killing Steenkamp, stating that he mistook her for a burglar.
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