Oscar Pistorius will be released from prison in August

Oscar Pistorius will be released from prison in August, authorities have said today.


by Ellie Hooper |
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The shamed Paralympian, who was jailed in October for shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, is set to be released on supervision later this year.

Track athlete Oscar, 28, was found guilty of Culpable Homicide last year, after he shot through a bathroom door - killing his model girlfriend on Valentine’s Day 2013.


Pistorius’ crime shocked the world, with many arguing that his sentence of five years should have been far longer for taking a young woman's life.

Reeva Steenkamp, who was shot dead by Pistorius on Feb 14 2013

But under South African law, Oscar is eligible for release under supervision come August 2015, something which prison authorities in Pretoria say will be granted.

At that time he will have served only a sixth of his sentence inside.

Reeva's parents Barry and June say 10 months is not enough

The recommendation that Oscar be released in August comes in spite of a letter from victim Reeva’s parents, which states ten months ‘is simply not enough.’

‘We have forgiven Mr Pistorius even though he took the life of our precious daughter, Reeva’ the letter begins.

‘Incarceration of 10 months for taking a life is simply not enough. We fear that this will not send out the proper message and serve as the deterrent it should,’ they add.

An appeal against the verdict in the trial is set to launch in November, as the Prosecution campaign for the verdict of murder, not the lesser charge of Culpable Homicide.

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