A new BBC documentary called The Trials of Oscar Pistorius will take a look at the crimes of the former athlete who was convicted of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
The four-part series tells the story about how the “Blade Runner” went from being an international hero to being sent to prison for murder.
In the documentary, viewers learn about Oscar Pistorius' life before and after he was accused of murdering his girlfriend.
Model Reeva was found dead at the former Paralympian’s home in Pretoria, South Africa, on Valentine’s Day 2013.
Pistorius shot her, but claimed he had mistaken Reeva for an intruder hiding in his bathroom.
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Oscar Pistorius is still in jail after having been found guilty of shooting Reeva.
The former athlete was arrested and charger with murder – but was initially found not guilty of murder, but instead guilty of culpable homicide.
He initially received a five-year sentence and a concurrent three-year suspended prison sentence for a separate reckless endangerment conviction.
At this time he was placed in Pretoria’s Kgosi Mampuru prison.
In 2015 he was released, after spending just one year in jail, and was ordered to serve the rest of his sentence under house arrest at his uncle’s home.
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However, the verdict was later overturned by the Supreme Court – turning his conviction to murder.
Pistorius was ordered to spend six years in prison in the hospital wing of the Kgosi Mampuru II prison.
But in October 2016 he was moved to the Atteridgeville Correctional Centre in Pretoria, which is where he is today.
As of November 2017, his sentence was increased to 15 years, meaning he had 13 years and five months left to serve.
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Reports suggest he’s become a sort of spiritual leader while serving time.
His dad Henke Pistorius told The Times: “I have no doubt that Oscar has changed the environment in the prison for the better, he is helping to mediate between people and is having a positive influence.
“He can feel he is making a difference to others who really needed a difference to be made — to give their lives meaning, purpose and some hope.
"As a result, things have also improved for him.”
Pistorius will be eligible for parole in 2023.
The Trials of Oscar Pistorius airs tonight, Sunday, November 8, on BBC Two at 9.10pm, and will be available on the BBC iPlayer.
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