Pistorius released from prison to house arrest

Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius who was found guilty of killing his girlfriend released on probation after nearly year of imprisonment

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Paralympic sportsman Pistorius last year was found guilty of culpable homicide of his girlfriend.

The South African Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius has been released from jail and will serve the remainder of his sentence under house arrest at his uncle’s house, less than one year into a five-year sentence for shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp who was a law graduate and a model.

The former athlete was convicted last year of culpable homicide after he shot dead his girlfriend Steenkamp at his house in the capital Pretoria of South African Republic.

Pistorius insisted on his claim that he had mistaken her girlfriend for an intruder, and the court accepted his argument that the crime was not intentionally committed.  

Late on Monday night, Pistorius was taken from his cell to the residence of his uncle which is a three-story converted Dutch Reformed Church on a luxury estate with a swimming pool.

The Paralympic star was set out of prison on Monday in the capital Pretoria a day earlier with an intention to prevent media from coverage of his release.

Pistorius family spokesman said the family is expected to make a statement later on Tuesday.

The twenty eight-year-old sportsman was granted parole following several delays to his original release date after he had served one-sixth of his five-year sentence for shooting dead his girlfriend Steenkamp.

Correctional services department spokesman Manelisi Wolela said in a statement on Monday evening, "Oscar Pistorius was placed under correctional supervision tonight."

"The handling of the actual placement is an operational matter of the local management, and how they handle it is their prerogative that is carried out in the best interest of all parties concerned, the victims, the offender and the Department of Correctional Services," he added.

On November 3, in a further test for the paralympic athlete, the prosecutors will appeal for a murder conviction and a tougher punishment that could send him to jail for at least 15 years.

Several South African Women’s groups criticised Pistorius’s early release from prison saying they were “disappointed” by the decision.

They cited, “We pin our hopes on the SCA to repeal the judgment and that Oscar must serve a sentence that would bring him back a changed man and an advocate for women’s rights in future.”

TRTWorld and agencies