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Oscar Pistorius to be released from jail after 10 months

Oscar Pistorius is set for release from jail in August after serving just 10 months behind bars for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Oscar Pistorius with Reeva Steenkamp in happier times. Credit: ITV News

The Paralympic medallist is expected to serve the rest of his five-year sentence under 'correctional supervision', which is a form of house arrest in South Africa.

Pistorius was found guilty of culpable homicide after shooting his model girlfriend through a bathroom door at his home in 2013. He has always maintained it was an accident.

The Steenkamp family said in a statement they did not seek to avenge Reeva's death as that would not bring her back.

"However, a person found guilty of a crime must be held accountable for their actions," they added.

In November, prosecutors are set to appeal against Pistorius' sentence. If successful, it could see him jailed for 15 years.

ITV News Correspondent Dan Rivers reports:

Prison officials recommend date for Pistorius parole

The 21st August would be the ten month mark of his prison sentence. Credit: Reuters

South African prison officials have recommended that Oscar Pistorius be released from jail on 21st August and be placed under house arrest.

A prison committee recommended that Pistorius be released from the prison in Pretoria after serving one sixth of his five-year sentence for the unlawful killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013.

The Associated Press report that a full parole board decision is pending and that the full conditions of Pistorius' house arrest won't be made public by the authorities.


Parole for Oscar Pistorius 'in August', family says

Credit: Reuters

South African Oscar Pistorius is expected to be released on parole in August, Reuters has reported, citing a family member.

Double-amputee Pistorius, a Paralympic champion, is currently serving a five-year prison sentence after being convicted of culpable homicide of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013.

"Oscar will be released on parole by the end of August," a Pistorious family member who did not want to be named told the news agency. Pistorius started his five year sentence in October last year.

June Steenkamp: Reeva was leaving Oscar the night she died

June Steenkamp has described the stormy relationship her daughter Reeva had with Oscar Pistorius.

In an exclusive interview on This Morning, June said her daughter had her bags packed to leave the Olympic champion the night he killed her.

June Steenkamp, the mother of murdered Reeva Steenkamp. Credit: ITV This Morning

She said their three month relationship was full of fights - which she found odd so soon in their relationship. She said:

I think they were fighting because he wanted to dominate her, and she wasn’t the kind of girl you could dominate. She had her own stand in life.

– June Steenkamp

Asked by Phillip Schofield whether she thought Reeva was planning to leave, she said her bags were packed to leave on that fateful Valentine's night.

June said her presence in court disconcerted Oscar, and she thought this was important.

She said she will never get over the death of her daughter, and that she may meet Oscar in the future so that he can apologise for the enormous pain he has caused her family through his actions. She said she hopes her book will remind people of the life of her daughter, and not just her death.

South African prosecutors to appeal Pistorius verdict

Oscar Pistorius on his way to jail after sentencing. Credit: Reuters

South African prosecutors have said that they will appeal the verdict and sentence in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial.

Former Olympic athlete Pistorius was found guilty of manslaughter over the killing for his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year and sentenced to five years imprisonment.


Reeva's cousin: 'Her life was worth more than that'

A relative of Reeva Steenkamp, who was shot dead by Oscar Pistorius, has said that the model was 'worth more' than the five year sentence handed down to Pistorius.

Reeva Steenkamp's parents: Justice has not been done

The parents of Reeva Steenkamp June and Barry told ITV News that they do not believe justice has been done.

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