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Pistorius could still return to prison if appeal succeeds

Paralympian Oscar Pistorius could still face a lengthy prison term if an appeal against him by South African prosecutors is successful.

The appeal, filed in August, seeks to upgrade Pistorius' conviction from culpable homicide to the more serious charge of murder.

If it succeeds at a hearing next month, the 28-year-old athlete could face a sentence of at least 15 years.

At present, Pistorius is scheduled to serve correctional supervision - a form of house arrest - for four years exactly as of his release from prison on Tuesday.

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Oscar Pistorius to be released from prison next week

Oscar Pistorius will be released from prison on 20 October. Credit: Reuters

Oscar Pistorius is to be released from prison on Tuesday 20 October, after which he will serve house arrest, the South African parole board has said.

The release date means the athlete will have served one day short of a year for killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

Pistorius was found guilty of culpable homicide in September 2014, after firing four shots through a locked toilet door in his house on Valentine's Day the previous year.

He received a five-year sentence, but is due for release under strict supervision due to rules designed to ease chronic prison overcrowding in the country.

The parole board said Pistorius would serve the "correctional supervision" for exactly four years after his release next week.

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Pistorius prosecutors' appeal case set for November 3

The appeal case lodged by prosecutors of Oscar Pistorius is set to be heard on November 3 in Bloemfontein, South Africa, ITV News Africa correspondent John Ray has confirmed.

Oscar Pistorius appeal case to be heard on November 3. Credit: PA

Prosecutors want Pistorius to be tried again for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, arguing he should have been found guilty of murder.

The athlete is unlikely to appear at the hearing.

Review board 'has four months to finalise Pistorius ruling'

The South African review board has four months to finalise a ruling which would have allowed Oscar Pistorius to be released from prison on house arrest, a government spokesman has said.

Paralympic champion Pistorius had been expected to be released tomorrow after serving 10 months of his five-year sentence behind bars.

A decision from Justice Minister Michael Masutha to delay Pistorius' release followed substantial controversy over the parole board's prior approval, which he described as having been made too soon and "without any legal basis".

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