Oscar Pistorius Gets Out Of Jail To Go Under House Arrest

Written by Dana Sanchez


Olympic and Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, jailed for shooting girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013, will be freed from prison Tuesday after serving a year in jail to go under house arrest, BBC reports.

A double amputee, Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison in 2014 after being found guilty of manslaughter.

He shot Steenkamp through a locked bathroom door and said he thought she was an intruder. He will spend the rest of his sentence in correctional supervision, BBC reports.

The prosecution has appealed, saying he should instead be convicted of murder.
That case is expected to be heard on Nov. 3.

An earlier parole board decision to release Pistorius in August after serving 10 months was blocked by South Africa’s Justice Minister Michael Masutha, who said it was premature.

A lawyer for the Steenkamp family said they opposed the early release but were were expecting it, adding that nothing could bring back their daughter, BBC reported.

Under house arrest, Pistorius will probably face gun ownership restrictions and may have to continue getting psychotherapy, BBC’s Nomsa Maseko said in Johannesburg.

Pistorius became famous internationally after competing for South Africa at the Olympics and Paralympics in London in 2012.

Steenkamp’s death on Valentine’s Day, 2013, made Pistorius notorious. His trial,  broadcast live at home and around the world, was one of the most watched events in TV history, TheTelegraph reported.