True crime and trial opinions from a layman's perspective
Why hasn’t Oscar been released to house arrest? There are a number of different theories depending on who you ask. The parole authorities may tell you they are exercising caution after concern over whether or not proper protocols were being followed. The Pistorius family will tell you it’s the hype from the public and the press that’s pressuring the board to detain Oscar. Judge Greenland believes one of the reasons for Oscar’s detainment is his lack of any remorse or contrition. He reminds us that parole is a privilege one needs to earn.
Nick and I think there’s something else at play. We believe the possibility of Oscar running, becoming a FUGITIVE, has prevented the board from letting him go. After all, Oscar did befriend a mob boss in prison who 4 times now has planned an escape with no luck (yet.) The Pistorius family certainly has the means to whisk Oscar away and provide him with a comfortable life. A month from now, if the appeal is successful, Oscar’s sentence could increase by many years. If it does, and if Oscar’s at home with his uncle, do we really believe Oscar will willingly turn himself in? Hasn’t the Pistorius family already, in many ways, helped Oscar go on the run? Haven’t they always helped him evade responsibility?
Let’s take a look at a timeline of Oscar’s pending release. As events unfold in the upcoming weeks, I’ll come back here to update the content and the news links. In the meantime, I’d like to hear from you. Why do you think Oscar hasn’t been released to date? Do you think he will be prior to November 3rd?
August 19 (Reeva’s birthday)
Oscar Pistorius is scheduled to be released on Friday, August 21. After complaints from numerous parties, including the women’s league, Oscar’s release gets halted by Justice Minister Michael Masutha. There is concern that the decision to grant him release took place too soon. The matter is turned over to the parole review board. No comments from Oscar’s lawyers. Oscar’s family say they are “considering their options.”
Oscar remains in jail; he is not released.
Pistorius family will lodge a complaint against Press Ombudsman due to a derogatory article about Oscar being demanding in prison. The article is titled “Oscar’s Diva Demands.”
It’s reported that on May 15, Oscar’s cell was raided as part of an investigation into Radovan Krejcir’s mob activities and affiliations. A computer hard drive was found in Oscar’s cell but the contents of that drive have not been released to the public. It was also rumored that cell phone(s) were found but that report has not been confirmed. In March [prior to Krejcir being transferred to Zonderwater Prison], Oscar and Krejcir were videotaped playing soccer. The two had reportedly become friends.
The parole review board is scheduled to meet in Durban. Media stakes out Kgosi Mampuru prison in the hopes Oscar will be released. The Pistorius family waits for word along with the public. The hearing ends up being postponed for 2 weeks.
It’s reported that Oscar’s prison friend, Radovan Krejcir, was thwarted from escaping after a number of illegal items were found in his cell during a raid the day before.
The Sunday Independent reported that amongst the items found in Krejcir’s cell were a pistol, ammunition, a knife, an item that looked like a Taser, a pepper spray gun, screwdriver steel blades, 10 cellphones, a memory stick and a diary which contained the names of witnesses and investigators in his cases.
[WTF? That’s quite an arsenal for a prison cell!]
Forensic experts plan to thoroughly investigate Krejcir’s cell as this is his 4th planned attempt at escape (he’s been in prison since 2012.) Cell phones have been found in numerous different raids.
The parole review board decides to refer the matter back to the parole board. Oscar will remain in jail while he awaits that next hearing. It now looks likely he’ll remain in jail until The Appeal on November 3.
Titanium Hulk seems to be struggling to keep up…
The parole review board recommends Oscar will need to undergo psychotherapy. Nick and I discuss Oscar’s psychology and motivations extensively in the FUGITIVE.
The justice minister says the process has been “just and fair”
Pistorius family believes the “hype” is undermining Oscar’s rights and are concerned about the delays from correctional services. They also say his parole has been “deliberately delayed.”
Krejcir’s escape plan is revealed…
Oscar’s lawyers are informed at 6pm on Thursday night that the parole board would meet the next day, Friday, to consider Oscar’s case.
But, once again, it gets postponed, this time until October 21. The board gives the Steenkamp family an opportunity to chime in.
Barry and June Steenkamp’s attorney Tania Koen says nothing has changed for the couple since their submission at Pistorius’s hearing in June.
“They just want justice to take its course. We will not be making any further submissions. The original submission that we made to the parole board, we will resubmit.”
The Steenkamps at the time said they believed 10 months was not an appropriate sentence for someone who had taken a life.
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any weirder… two guys turn Pistorius’ former home into a party pad. These guys are a couple of assclowns, but it’s worth it to watch the video for the footage of the house. They make mention that it’s ludicrous to believe anybody would try to come through the upstairs bathroom window when you see how small it is in person…
Oscar’s hearing is moved up to October 15, from the original October 21. He is granted release to house arrest, to take place on Tuesday, October 20.
Oscar is secretly released from prison one day early. Oscar effectively dodges the media.
Annelise Burgess gives a statement on behalf of the family – Oscar’s sentence has not been shortened.
Pistorius family vs. Saturday Star ruling. This is in regards to the family’s complaint over Oscar being portrayed as a “diva” in the paper.
“A need to see the world in black and white lies behind our desperation to see figures such as Oscar Pistorius pay for crimes that have not been proved.”
A photo surfaces on Brett Sharman’s Twitter account showing he and Oscar, two old buddies, hanging out together since Oscar was released. Brett chose to use the hashtag #weekendvibes No surprise, Brett’s Twitter account is now set to private.
But… his wife, Simone, has photographs on Facebook of Oscar attending their wedding back in 2014. Wouldn’t you know it – that was on September 22. This was after the Culpable Homicide verdict, but before the sentencing in which he received five years. I guess this was one (of perhaps a few) last hoorahs to shake off all that crying and puking from just a few weeks earlier.
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