Oscar Pistorius now has a new task at the Pretoria prison

He is charting a new course for people and himself, he is restoring hope to the hopeless, the man Oscar Pistorius.

Oscar Pistorius has emerged as a spiritual leader behind bars and has even recruited his jail’s most feared gang leader into his Bible study and prayer group, his father has told revealed.

The Paralympian, known as the Blade Runner for his hi-tech carbon prostheses, has found new purpose since being jailed for life for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, Henke Pistorius said. The double amputee fired his 9mm pistol through a locked lavatory door at his home in 2013, killing Ms Steenkamp, a law graduate and model.

His televised trial the following year revealed a fascination with guns and a taste for living dangerously. Yet his father insisted that Pistorius, 32, had “always been a true child of God”.

With at least five years behind bars for killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, is trying to offer meaning and hope to fellow prisoners by sharing Christianity.

His father, Henke Pistorius, told The Times UK that Pistorius was finding new purpose by leading a Bible study and prayer group at Atteridgeville correctional centre in Pretoria.

They met once or twice a week, he said.

“Oscar leads the studies and is able to accommodate those who aren’t so familiar with the Bible to explain the meaning of all the verses.

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