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Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Oscars Pistorius Discharged From Jail To Remain Under House Arrest

The renowned South African Sprint Runner, Oscar Pistorius was released from jail late Monday, South African officials said, and will serve his remaining sentence under house arrest after a year behind bars for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

The Paralympian star was allowed out of prison in the capital Pretoria a day early in an apparent attempt to avoid media coverage of his release.

Pistorius family spokesman Anneliese Burgess said that he was at his uncle Arnold’s house in Pretoria, adding that the family was “hunkered down”. She said that the family would issue a statement later Tuesday.

Pistorius, 28, 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 Steenkemp, a model and law graduate. “Oscar Pistorius was placed under correctional supervision
tonight,” correctional services department spokesman Manelisi Wolela said in a statement on Monday evening.

“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.”

Pistorius had been due to be released on Tuesday. “It will be very good. He should have been released on August 21,” his lawyer Brian Webber told AFP, hours before his release.

Last year Pistorius was found guilty of culpable homicide — a charge equivalent to manslaughter — after telling the court that he shot Steenkamp through a bathroom door because he mistook her for an intruder.

He faces a further test at the Supreme Court on November 3 when prosecutors will appeal for a murder conviction and a tougher sentence that could see him jailed for at least 15 years.

The ENCA news channel said Pistorius’ parole conditions included an instruction that he must meet Steenkamp’s parents if they wish to do so. Her parents had contested his early release, but said no sentence would bring back their daughter.

“He would normally be expected to report to the police periodically. There may be provision for drug tests and there will be random visits by correctional services,”
criminal lawyer Martin Hood told AFP.

Joseph Etim

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