Oscar Pistorius Begins Community Service


Oscar Pistorius on Saturday began his community service in the South African capital Pretoria as part of his parole conditions after being released from jail three weeks ago.

The Paralympian athlete was allowed out of prison after serving one year of his five-year sentence for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in the early hours of Valentine’s Day, 2013.

Pistorius, 28, arrived at Garsfontein police station in Pretoria, driven by his sister Aimee, and declined to speak to waiting reporters.

He is serving the rest of his sentence under house arrest at his uncle’s home in the city.

In his first appearance in public since his release, he walked into the police station wearing sunglasses and a white T-shirt, and carrying a backpack.

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The disgraced sprinter was found guilty last year of culpable homicide — a charge equivalent to manslaughter — after telling his trial that he shot Steenkamp through a bathroom door because he mistook her for an intruder.

His parole conditions have not been released, but are reported to allow him to meet with Steenkamp’s parents June and Barry if they wish.

The Department of Correctional Services has also said Pistorius would undergo “continued psychotherapy” and face restrictions on owning firearms.

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