Pistorius released on parole a day early

Pistorius released on parole a day early

-NRN/Reuters

Oscar Pistorius, South Africa’s “Blade Runner”, has been released on parole today, a day short of a year into his five-year sentence for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

But the disgraced Paralympic gold medallist must serve the rest of his sentence under house arrest, and still has to face an appeal by prosecutors who argue that he should have been convicted of murder rather than culpable homicide.

Pistorius, 28, who was found guilty of the lesser charge when he fired four shots through a locked bathroom door and hit Steenkamp, will be confined to his uncle Arnold’s home in a wealthy suburb of the capital Pretoria.

The athlete, whose lower legs were amputated when he was a baby, will be freed in line with South African sentencing guidelines that say non-dangerous prisoners should spend only one-sixth of a custodial sentence behind bars.

The department of correctional services said Pistorius’ parole conditions include that the gun enthusiast must undergo psychotherapy and is not allowed to possess a gun.

Africa’s most advanced economy has one of the world’s highest rates of violent crime.

Prosecutors argue the verdict should be one of murder because Pistorius must have known that the person behind the door could be killed. The appeal is due to be heard on Nov. 3.

The state will argue that the trial judge misinterpreted parts of the law and ignored vital evidence. A murder conviction would result in a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison.

A panel of five judges will hear the appeal.

They could either reject the prosecution’s appeal, order a retrial or convict Pistorius of murder themselves, legal experts say.

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