Olympic and Paralympic South African athlete Oscar Pistorius has been released from prison and is set to serve the remainder of his five year jail term under house arrest.
Pistorius has already served one of the five years he received for killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp who he shot through a bathroom door at the home they shared together in 2013. Pistorius claimed that he thought she was an intruder and was found guilty of culpable homicide or manslaughter in October 2014.
As Pistorius was released from prison, Reeva Steenkamp’s relatives have said that they think Pistorius is “getting off lightly” as he was transported from South African prison to his uncle’s luxury palatial home in Pretoria, where he’s set to serve the remainder of his sentence under house arrest. Pistorius was released on Monday evening, a day earlier than expected according to a spokesman at the Kgosi Mampuru II prison where Pistorius was being held, possibly to avoid media attention.
The prosecution aren’t happy with this decision and have lodged an appeal which is to be heard by the Supreme Court of Appeal on 3 November. They are appealing against the decision to charge Pistorius with manslaughter, saying that he should have been charged with murder instead.
As Pistorius serves the remainder of his five year sentence at his uncle’s mansion, there are certain rules that he has to adhere to:
- He won’t be able to have any access to firearms.
- Is banned from taking drugs or alcohol and can be randomly tested by officials.
- Is not allowed to go out at night.
- Will be able to continue with his psychotherapy sessions.
- Is allowed to work; this may include continuing with track and field training but this is still unclear as he has been banned from competition by the International Paralympic Committee until he has completed his sentence.
- He will not be electronically tagged when he leaves the house but will still have restrictions on his movement which will be monitored closely.
The family spokeswomen of the Pistorius family, Anneliese Burgess spoke to reporters earlier today: “The family will support Oscar as he serves the rest of his sentence. They’re happy Oscar is home but they want to make the point that Oscar’s sentence continues.” The athlete’s family has said that he will strictly adhere to the parole conditions.
If the state prosecutors are successful on 3 November, Pistorius could face a lengthily sentence back behind bars.