Oscar Pistorius To Be Released From Jail Next Week

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Oscar Pistorius
Oscar Pistorius

Jailed South African athlete Oscar Pistorius, will be freed from prison next Tuesday to begin a house arrest.

Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison in 2014 on charges of culpable homicide, having shot and killed his model girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in February 2013 — an incident the double amputee said wasn’t deliberate as he mistook her for a stranger and so shot through the locked bathroom door.

He has so far spent 12 months in prison and will now continue the rest of his sentence under “correctional supervision,” South African parole board says.

There was an earlier decision to release him back in August but was blocked by the country’s Justice Minister, who contended that the decision was made “prematurely”.

State prosecutors have appealed to the conviction of the Paralympian on the culpable homicide charges, saying he should instead be convicted of murder.

However, that case is expected to be heard on 3 November, 2015.

Oscar Pistorius became famous globally after competing for South Africa at both the Olympics and Paralympics in London in 2012.

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