Oscar Pistorius Is Released From Jail On Parole
Oscar Pistorius has been released from prison on parole after serving a year for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The athlete was sentenced to five years in 2014 for killing Ms Steenkamp.
He was freed a day early and will now serve the rest of his sentence under house arrest ~ at the same address where he lived while on bail during the trial in Pretoria. The terms of his release have not been made public but are likely to allow some movement and a job approved by authorities. Pistorius will not be allowed to leave the country during the house arrest.
News outlets are reporting that he is expected to live with his uncle, Arnold Pistorius. His parole conditions include a continuation of the psychiatric treatment he received while in prison, and a ban on possessing firearms. It is possible that he may need to complete some community service.
Pistorius’ legal team claim he is desperate to put his life back together and eventually wants to work with disadvantaged youngsters. The 28-year-old was found guilty of culpable homicide, the equivalent of manslaughter, in September 2014 after a seven-month trial. Ms Steenkamp died when he fired four 9mm shots through a locked toilet door at their gated home on 14 February 2013. Pistorius told the court in Pretoria he had mistaken her for a burglar and was acting in self-defence.
Prosecutors are currently appealing the culpable homicide verdict, arguing it should be murder because Pistorius must have known the person behind the door could be killed. The appeal is due to be heard on 3 November. If successful, Pistorius could be sent back to jail before the end of the year ~ and would face a minimum of 15 years behind bars.