Oscar Pistorius is set to be free ten months into a five-year prison sentence.
The former athlete has been granted early release, despite being convicted of the culpable homicide of his girlfriend, Reeve Steenkamp, last year.
Pistorius did not actually apply for early release himself – it was recommended by the parole board at the Kgosi Mampuru II prison in Pretoria.
Despite being freed, the runner will see his travel seriously restricted, and be placed under house arrest at his uncle’s residence in Pretoria.
This has led to concerns that his anticipated return to training, and potentially competing, will be hampered. Then again, that’s probably been the least of his worries since he was jailed by the South African court.
According to Zach Modise, the service’s national commissioner, Pistorius is ‘behaving himself very well’, hence the early release.
Despite his early release, the Paralympic athlete’s troubles are far from over.
Pistorius’ case is currently being reviewed by the Supreme Court, and he could still face trial for murder, when the case is revisited in November. That would, of course, see a far greater sentence passed down, should he be found guilty of the crime. That verdict would see him face a 15-year minimum incarceration – the very best outcome he could hope for.