Oscar Pistorius reports for first community service: Local media

Former Olympian Oscar Pistorius arrives at the Garsfontein Police Station in Pretoria to perform his first shift of community service.
Former Olympian Oscar Pistorius arrives at the Garsfontein Police Station in Pretoria to perform his first shift of community service.PHOTO: AFP

PRETORIA (AFP) - Oscar Pistorius reported on Saturday (Nov 14) morning for his first day of community service as part of his parole conditions after his release from jail more than three weeks ago, South African media said.

The Paralympian athlete arrived at Garsfontein police station in the capital Pretoria, declining to speak to waiting reporters, the Eyewitness News website said.

Pistorius, 28, arrived at Garsfontein police station in Pretoria, driven by his sister Aimee and declining to speak to waiting reporters.

In his first appearance in public since his release, he walked into the police station wearing sunglasses and a white T-shirt, and carrying a backpack.

The Paralympian athlete was allowed out of prison after serving one year of his five-year sentence for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in the early hours of Valentine's Day in 2013.He was released on Oct 19 - just one year into his five-year jail term - to spend the remainder of his sentence under house arrest at his uncle's mansion in Pretoria.

The disgraced sprinter was found guilty last year of culpable homicide - a charge equivalent to manslaughter - after telling his trial that he shot Steenkamp through a bathroom door because he mistook her for an intruder.

His full parole conditions have not been released but are reported to allow him to meet with Steenkamp's parents June and Barry if they wish.

The Department of Correctional Services has also said Pistorius would undergo "continued psychotherapy" and face restrictions on owning firearms.

Pistorius was jailed after a six-month trial that made headlines around the world.

Prosecutors said he killed Steenkamp in a fit of rage, firing four shots through the locked toilet door.

They described the double amputee as an egotistical liar obsessed with guns, fast cars and beautiful women, who was not prepared to take responsibility for his actions.

The case is currently being reviewed by the Supreme Court of Appeal.

If he was found guilty of murder, he would face a minimum of 15 years in prison.