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Oscar Pistorius to be released on parole in August


Johannesburg, June 9: South African athlete Oscar Pistorius will be released from prison in parole in August after serving 10 months for culpable homicide in the killing of his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, sources in his family said.

Pistorius, the 28-year-old double amputee sprinter was found guilty last year and sentenced to five years in prison for shooting Steenkamp on the Valentine's Day in 2013.


Correction services confirmed the news, saying the athlete has been recommended for correctional supervision on August 21. That means Pistorius will be under house arrest with one hour of free time each day.

The conditions will be relaxed gradually, it was said.

The Steenkamp family, however, was not happy with the decision. Reeva's parents said in an online statement that imprisonment of 10 months for taking a life is not enough and feared that it send across a wrong message.

The family, however, said that it had forgiven Pistorius and did not want to seek a revenge for thei daughter's death.

Pistorius, the first double-amputee athlete to take part at the Olympic Games in London in 2012, was jailed after months-long trial. Pistorius had acknowledged shooting his girlfriend but said he had mistaken her for an intruder.

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