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Parole Board approves Pistorius release; to be placed on house arrest until 2019

Oscar Pistorius
Oscar Pistorius

The South African parole board has decided that paralympian athlete Oscar Pistorius will be released from prison next Tuesday, October 20.

The parole board said Pistorius will be placed under what it called correctional supervision – in effect house arrest.

In 2014 he was sentenced to five years in jail for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

He had been found guilty of culpable homicide – a charge equivalent to manslaughter.

Prosecutors had accused Pistorius of murder but he said he shot her through the bathroom door by accident, mistaking her for an intruder.

The convicted athlete will remain under house arrest until Sunday, October 20, 2019, a spokesman from the country’s Department of Correctional Services has explained.

During this time he will face firearm restrictions and will have to continue psychotherapy – as advised earlier this month by a judge led-review into the matter, Manelisi Wolela said.

The parole board’s initial decision to release him in August was blocked by Justice Minister Michael Masutha, who said it had been made “prematurely”, arguing that the law states that an offender can only be considered for parole after serving one-sixth of his sentence, in this case 10 months.

Pistorius will have served 12 months by Tuesday.

Pistorius was sentenced last year to five years for manslaughter after killing his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day in 2013.

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