South African Paralympic athlete, Oscar Pistorius, has been denied an early release from jail following his conviction on murder charges.
Pistorious was convicted of murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steemkamp, by shooting her multiple times through a closed bathroom door at his home in Pretoria, South Africa in 2013.
The paroles board denied him an early release because he did not complete the minimum detention period given by the South African Supreme Court of Appeal. He can appear before the board again in August 2024.
Pistorius, who is famous for using hi-tech running prosthetics to compete in athletics meetings, and from which he go the nickname “Blade Runner”, admitted to shooting Reeva Steemkamp, but said he mistook her for an intruder.
The case drew a lot of press because Pistorious was a famous athlete at the time.
He was initially sentenced to six years but in 2017, prosecutors asked for a tougher sentence and another court ordered that he be sentenced to thirteen years for the murder.