Oscar Pistorius to be released on Tuesday

(AGI) Pretoria, Oct 15 - After one year in prison, OscarPistorius will be released on parole on Tuesday, the terms ofwhich have not yet been disclosed. This is yet another twist inthe unhappy case of the former Paralympic champion, sentencedto five years in prison for the manslaughter of his girlfriendReeva Steenkamp on the night of St Valentine's Day in 2013. Aman who turned a handicap into an advantage, seen as a nationalhero and a symbol for everyone who thinks they can overcome adisability, Pistorius has fallen from grace. No one could have

(AGI) Pretoria, Oct 15 - After one year in prison, OscarPistorius will be released on parole on Tuesday, the terms ofwhich have not yet been disclosed. This is yet another twist inthe unhappy case of the former Paralympic champion, sentencedto five years in prison for the manslaughter of his girlfriendReeva Steenkamp on the night of St Valentine's Day in 2013. Aman who turned a handicap into an advantage, seen as a nationalhero and a symbol for everyone who thinks they can overcome adisability, Pistorius has fallen from grace. No one could haveforeseen this when in London in 2012 he had the crazy idea ofbecoming the first double amputee to compete with able-bodiedathletes in the Olympics. The world paid its respects to thecourage of a human being who, despite being born without ashinbone and having both legs amputated below the knee at 11months, could compete at the Olympics with his futuristicprosthesis. "Blade Runner" qualified for the semifinals of the400 metres, crossing the line in 45.44 seconds, his fourthfastest time over that distance. Only the misanthropic saidthat blades weighing 20 percent less than a normal leg gave himan unfair advantage over his opponents. Others were struck byhis futuristic image, with Time naming him among the 100 mostinfluential people in the world. Born in Johannesburg in 1986,Pistorius had a traumatic childhood and adolescence. It wasmarked by his vulnerability, his parents' separation and theover-protection of a mother obsessed with delinquency.Pistorius was very attached to his mother, who died when he wasa teenager. All these experiences seared him. Thus, in themonths after the killing, in the spotlight of a world pressobsessively interested in the event and major networksfollowing it live, another image of Pistorius emerged: that ofa young man who was at times violent and angry, easily involvedin verbal and sometimes even physical confrontations, with anunbridled passion for fast cars and weapons. Since then, hiscareer has withered, with all his lucrative sports brandcontracts disappearing in the aftermath of that tragic night.His release on Tuesday could be brief, as the former championreturns to court on Nov. 3. (AGI). .