Oscar Pistorius to be released from prison on Tuesday

After a series of false starts, shamed Olympian Oscar Pistorius is set to be released from prison this Tuesday - after just a year in prison

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by Ellie Hooper |
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The 28-year-old athlete, who shot and killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in February 2013, will be moved to house arrest next week - inkeeping with the South African law system.

In October last year, the double amputee runner was found guilty of Culpable Homicide for shooting Steenkamp through a locked bathroom door, after he allegedly mistook her for an intruder.

Oscar ahead of sentencing in October 2014
Oscar ahead of sentencing in October 2014

Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison, but under SA law, only one sixth of that needs to be served within the prison walls.

And now the previously popular Blade Runner is eligible for parole, he is set to be released next week, where he will reside in his Uncle Arnold’s house in Pretoria.

An earlier decision to release the star was blocked by Justice Minister Michael Masutha, because it had apparently been made ‘prematurely.’

Steenkamp’s parents, who were left devastated by the loss of their only daughter two years ago, had originally said 10 months was ‘not enough for taking a life,’ but have now said they expected this decision to be reached.

But Oscar’s troubles are far from over.

In November, the Prosecution expect their case to be heard for upgrading his charge from Culpable Homicide to Murder, meaning the athlete could still face another trial.

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