Pistorius’s correctional supervision application will be heard today
“Correctional Services says the parole board is expected to consider all the issues raised by the review board”.
JOHANNESBURG – The Department of Correctional Services has confirmed that Oscar Pistorius’s application to be placed under correctional supervision will be heard today.
The parole review board convened on Monday and decided to refer the matter back to the parole board for consideration after Justice Minister Michael Masutha lodged an appeal.
Pistorius is serving a five-year sentence for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day two years ago.
The Correctional Services Department says the parole board is expected to consider all the issues raised by the parole review board before it makes a decision on the athlete.
Members of the review panel found that the decision taken in June, to release the athlete, was premature because he had not yet served a sixth of his sentence.
It also recommended that Pistorius undergo psychotherapy, but his family said in a statement that he has been receiving ongoing treatment.
The department was unable to say whether the offender will be released immediately, if the application is successful, or at a date determined by the board.
It says it will communicate the decision once it is made.
Earlier today, Pistorius’s attorney, Andrew Fawcett, says he has not received official confirmation from the Correctional Services Department that his client’s case will be heard today, but he has been told it might happen.
He says they wrote to the department this week, warning that if the board did not consider the matter they would approach the courts on an urgent basis.
The Pistorius family issued a statement earlier this week saying it believed that Pistorius was being treated unfairly.
The family was concerned that the review board had not exercised its authority and placed the athlete under correctional supervision, instead of referring it back for consideration.
While the board might make a decision today, it’s unclear when the athlete may be released. –Eyewitness News