Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to 5 years in prison for the culpable homicide of his deceased girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp in 2014 but the Paralympic and Olympic champion is set to be released on probation on the 21st of August.
Under South African law, Pistorius is eligible for release under “correctional supervision” having served a sixth of his sentence.
South African Commissioner of Correctional Services Zach Modise told reporters that the case management committee at the Kgosi Mampuru II prison in Pretoria, where Pistorius is being held, made the recommendation last week. And that the court had obliged and would be releasing Pistorius in August. This news was not received well by the counsel for the Steenkamp family, Tania Koen who told reporters that while the deceased parents had forgiving Pistorius, they feel that 10 months just is not enough. Pistorius shot and killed Reeva Steenkamp who was in the bathroom in early 2014 and claimed he thought she was an intruder.
The release would mean that Oscar Pistorius would be held for a few months under house arrest.