Oscar Pistorius plea for house arrest denied

Oscar Pistorius, once a symbol of perseverance and endurance, tarnished his own name after shooting his girlfriend, the model Reeva Steenkamp, in their home last year. What followed was a lengthy trial which only increased Pistorius notoriety after he immediately pleaded not guilty and claimed he had confused his girlfriend with a home invader. The trial closed this September and the court found in his favor; he was sentenced to face up to five years in jail for manslaughter.

The Daily Mail recently reported that Pistorius has asked to continue his sentence in a state of house arrest in his uncle’s home after spending the last ten months in prison. Prison officials responded in the negative on Sunday, referring to the requirement of a tracker for the house arrest to be possible, saying, “The device has to be attached physically to the offender’s ankle. We cannot use it on false limbs which could be left somewhere static while the offender goes missing.” Pistorius had both of his lower legs amputated when he was only 11 months old.