- Double-amputee Olympian released to uncle's house in Pretoria
- Pistorius was given 5-year jail term for shooting girlfriend
Paralympic gold medalist Oscar Pistorius was released from prison and will serve the remainder of his five-year sentence for manslaughter under house arrest.
The athlete, who started his jail term in October last year for the death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, was released under correctional supervision late on Monday, Department of Correctional Services spokesman Manelisi Wolela said by phone.
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 someone he said he thought was an intruder.
“Oscar’s sentence hasn’t been shortened or reduced, he’s simply entering the next phase of his sentence now,” Anneliese Burgess, a spokeswoman for the family, told reporters in a live broadcast outside the house in Pretoria of Arnold Pistorius, his uncle, where he’s staying. “He will strictly adhere to the conditions set by the parole board and community corrections.”
The conditions of Pistorius’s supervision include continued psychotherapy and prohibitions in line with the Fire Arms Control Act, according to the prisons department.
The athlete’s freedom from jail isn’t certain as the prosecutor, Gerrie Nel, will argue in the Supreme Court of Appeal in two weeks for Pistorius to be convicted of murder for the shooting. The state says the five-year sentence is “shockingly inappropriate” and that he should have known that whoever was behind the door would be killed.