Oscar Pistorius to be released on parole on Tuesday

Thu Oct 15, 2015 9:50am EDT
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By Ed Stoddard

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Oscar Pistorius will be released on parole on Oct. 20, about a year into his five-year sentence for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, authorities said.

The department of correctional services said in a statement on Thursday the Olympic and Paralympic track star would be placed under house arrest from Tuesday.

Pistorius is behind bars in the capital, Pretoria, after being convicted in September last year at the end of a seven-month trial.

He was found guilty of culpable homicide, the equivalent of manslaughter, when he fired four shots through a locked toilet door on Feb. 14, 2013, killing model and law graduate Steenkamp.

Pistorius was due to have been freed on parole in August after serving 10 months but Justice Minister Michael Masutha blocked his release, saying the parole hearing had been held prematurely.

The department of correctional services said parole conditions would include him undergoing psychotherapy. Pistorius, a gun lover, will be subject to firearms prohibitions.

Tania Koen, a lawyer for the Steenkamp family which has opposed early parole, told state broadcaster SABC: "Nothing is changed in their lives. Reeva is not coming back."

At a globally televised trial Pistorius argued that he had mistaken Steenkamp for a burglar.   Continued...

South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius is led to a prison van after his sentencing in Pretoria October 21, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings