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Oscar Pistorius to be moved to house arrest next week

The Guardian The Guardian 15/10/2015 Staff and agencies

Oscar Pistorius is to be released from prison and into house arrest next week, about a year after he was sentenced to five years for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

In a statement, South Africa’s department of correctional services said the Paralympian will be released on Tuesday and placed under correctional supervision.

Pistorius was sentenced last year to five years in prison for killing Steenkamp on 14 February 2013. He was found guilty of culpable homicide – a charge equivalent to manslaughter – after saying during the trial that he shot his girlfriend through a locked bathroom door because he mistook her for an intruder.

Oscar Pistorius leaving court in Pretoria September 2014. © EPA Oscar Pistorius leaving court in Pretoria September 2014.

A battle over his sentence ensued, and last week a parole hearing to decide if Pistorius should be released from prison early was postponed.

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He was due to be moved to house arrest in August after serving 10 months behind bars, but Michael Masutha, the justice minister, referred the matter back to the parole review board, sowing legal confusion and doubts over the release date.

Pistorius faces a further test on 3 November when prosecutors will appeal to South Africa’s supreme court to try to secure a murder conviction and a stronger sentence.

Steenkamp’s parents have opposed parole.

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