A parole board will recommend that Oscar Pistorius be released from prison this August after serving just 10 months of a sentence for the unlawful killing of his girlfriend.
28-year-old disgraced athlete Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison last October for culpable homicide in the shooting of Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day 2013.
In South Africa, culpable homicide means a person was killed unintentionally but unlawfully. In the 2014 trial, a judge found Pistorius to be not guilty of murder, although prosecutors are appealing that verdict.
The prosecution’s appeal against Pistorius’s acquittal on a murder charge is set to be heard in November.
The double-amputee Olympic athlete acknowledged he fired shots through the bathroom door in his home, but said he thought it was an intruder in the bathroom rather than his girlfriend.
Under South African law, Pistorius must serve at least one-sixth of his sentence before being released. 10 months would serve that requirement and so the parole board is prepared to recommend that he be released on August 21, 10 months to the day since his sentencing.