Paralympian Pistorius freed from South African jail

Published: Monday 19th October 2015 by The News Editor

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Paralympian Oscar Pistorius, jailed for shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, has been released from prison tonight and put under house arrest, a South African official said.

Manelisi Wolela, a spokesman for South Africa’s correctional services department, said the double-amputee runner who Ms Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day 2013 was put under “correctional supervision”.

Pistorius, 28, was released from a prison in the South African capital Pretoria.

A parole board at the prison where Pistorius has served nearly a year of his five-year sentence for manslaughter made the decision for the runner to be put under house arrest.

It came after an initial ruling to release the athlete from prison in August was cancelled at the last minute after intervention by the justice minister.

Published: Monday 19th October 2015 by The News Editor

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