Pistorius arrives at police station to perform community service


Johannesburg (dpa) – South African athlete Oscar Pistorius arrived Saturday at a Pretoria police station to perform community service forming part of his parole conditions, the news websites News24 and Eyewitness News reported.

A video released by News24 showed Pistorius walking into the police station, accompanied by a police officer.

It was the first time the 28-year-old was seen in public after being released from prison nearly a month ago.

The Paralympian athlete, who became the first double amputee to compete in the Olympics in 2012, is currently under house arrest at his uncle’s Pretoria home.

Pistorius was sentenced in September 2014 to five years in prison for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, whom he shot through a toilet door in his Pretoria home in February 2013.

He said he did not deliberately kill her, but mistook her for an intruder. Judge Thokozile Masipa found him guilty of culpable homicide instead of murder.

After serving one year in prison, Pistorius was found to be eligible for parole.

Police declined to comment on what kind of community service he would perform, but it was understood to require menial labour, such as tending gardens or cleaning cells, according to Eyewitness News.

Pistorius’ other parole conditions include psychotherapy and a ban on carrying firearms.

An appeals court is due to decide whether his verdict should be changed from culpable homicide to murder, in which case his sentence would be increased to a minimum of 15 years and he would have to return to prison.