Pistorius should be in jail, not living a life of luxury

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So it has emerged that poor old Oscar Pistorius may not be released from prison because an electronic tagging device cannot be fitted securely to his prosthetic legs.

The tags cannot be fixed to an offender’s wrists either as experts say they are too easily removed.

Pistorius had hoped he would qualify for a home detention tag after serving a paltry 10 months of a five-year sentence for manslaughter.

Oh dear, how my heart bleeds for him. This, remember, is a man whose actions resulted in the death of 29-year-old Reeva Steenkamp.

She was denied the chance to live a full life and he has taken a much-loved woman away from all her family and friends.

I’m of the belief that if you take someone’s life, then you should pay with your own.

So to me, the sentence of just five years was simply laughable. Only nobody is laughing.

Where was the justice for Reeva? I feel so sad for her family.

I believe they should take out a private prosecution. Pistorius should pay properly for what he did to their daughter.

I just hope the National Prosecuting Authority succeeds in its appeal against his conviction and sentence.

The NPA believes that he should have been found guilty of ‘dolus eventualis’ (meaning he foresaw the result of his actions) and received a much heavier sentence.

It described Pistorius’ sentence for killing Reeva as ‘shockingly light’. I agree.

Apparently Pistorius had hoped to leave his cell in the hospital wing of Pretoria’s Kgosi Mampuru prison.

He wanted to be allowed to stay at his wealthy uncle Arnold’s home, which comes complete with gymnasium and swimming pool.

Well I say hard luck. You did the crime, now do the time.

Pistorius may well feel regret about what has happened.

But the fact is a life was lost that will never return.

For that he should take his punishment. And to me. that means staying in a prison, not being allowed to live in luxury.