OSCAR PISTORIUS, the South African Paralympian jailed for the killing of his girlfriend, will leave prison and move to house arrest next Tuesday October 20.
In 2014 he was found guilty of manslaughter for the killing of Reeva Steenkamp and given a five-year prison sentence. The prosecution appealed that decision, however, and want the athlete to be convicted of murder.
The case is due to be heard on November 3 and if the Supreme Court rules against him he could be put back into prison for at least 15 years.
Pistorius has served 12 months of his sentence in jail and will move to house arrest for the remainder.
The South African Department of Correctional Services stated that the parole board “approved the placement of offender Oscar Pistorius under correctional supervision as from 20 October 2015.”
A lawyer speaking on behalf of the Steenkamp family said that they had been expecting the early release and that they opposed the decision.
The Pistorius family confirmed that they received news of the update and are not making any more comments.
Pistorius’ trial was broadcast live and his case has been followed around the world.