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Pistorius set to be freed from prison next week under house arrest

Aislinn Laing

Published 14/08/2015 | 02:30

Reeva Steenkamp and Oscar Pistorius. Ms Steenkamp was shot dead through a lavatory door by Pistorius
Reeva Steenkamp and Oscar Pistorius. Ms Steenkamp was shot dead through a lavatory door by Pistorius

Oscar Pistorius will be freed from prison on August 21 under house arrest, 10 months after he was jailed for killing model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

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Pistorius was acquitted of murdering Steenkamp deliberately but found guilty of her manslaughter by shooting at her four times through a locked lavatory door on St Valentine's Day 2013.

He was sentenced to five years in prison but was eligible for release after serving just one sixth of his sentence under "correctional supervision".

Correctional supervision is usually given to offenders who commit serious crimes but are not deemed to be a danger to the community, and are not best-served by a long stretch in South Africa's notoriously dangerous and overcrowded prisons.

Pistorius' good behaviour in prison was taken into account, and his family will have been checked to ensure they will hold him to his release conditions.

At first, Pistorius will live under virtual house arrest at his uncle's home in Pretoria's upmarket Waterkloof suburb.

He could be eligible to take part in an electronic tagging programme, or will have to check in regularly with a parole officer and at first will be allowed only to leave the house to go to work or to run the occasional errand.

As well as the habitual parole conditions including abstaining from alcohol and drugs or touching guns, he is likely to be instructed to undertake anger management courses as well as community service.

Telegraph.co.uk

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