Oscar Pistorius to Be Released on Parole, Serve House Arrest

  • Pistorius was given 5-year jail term for shooting girlfriend
  • Double-amputee Olympian was convicted of manslaughter in 2014

Paralympic gold medalist Oscar Pistorius will be released from prison next week to serve the remainder of his five-year sentence for manslaughter under house arrest.

South Africa’s parole board decided that Pistorius, who started his jail term in October last year for the death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, will be released on Oct. 20, Manelisi Wolela, a spokesman for the prisons department, said by phone on Thursday. While the board had previously recommended that Pistorius’s sentence be changed to house arrest after 10 months and that he be sent home in August, that decision was set aside on review.

The conditions of Pistorius’s release from prison include continued psychotherapy and prohibitions in line with the Fire Arms Control Act, the prisons department said in an e-mailed statement. The Pistorius family has been informed of the parole board’s decision and will not release any statements, family spokeswoman Anneliese Burgess said by text message.

Pistorius, the first double amputee to compete at the Olympic Games, shot Steenkamp in his home in Pretoria on Valentine’s Day two years ago. Pistorius, 28, fired four bullets through a locked toilet door at who he said he thought was an intruder.

The Supreme Court of Appeal will hear arguments from state prosecutor Gerrie Nel next month on why Pistorius’s conviction should be changed to murder.

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