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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.

South Africa denies 2010 World Cup bribe claims

The South African government has denied allegations that bribes worth more than $10 million bribe were promised to a Fifa official during its bid to host the 2010 World Cup.

Sepp Blatter handing the World Cup to winners Spain in South Africa in 2010. Credit: Reuters

US prosecutors yesterday accused ex-Fifa vice-president Jack Warner of soliciting the huge bribe from the South African government in return for the right to host the tournament.

But a South African minister said there had been a "clean audit report" after the 2010 World Cup.

"There has never been any suggestion that anything untoward happened in South Africa,"Jeff Radebe told reporters.

The South African Football Association has also dismissed the claims as "baseless".

Warner 'took $10m in bribes from South Africa to host 2010 World Cup'

Jack Warner 'took $10m in bribes to host 2010 World Cup' Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

The US Justice Department has alleged that former Fifa vice-president Jack Warner solicited $10 million in bribes from the South African government to host the 2010 World Cup.

US officials also claim that Mr Warner 'diverted' some of these bribes for his own personal use.

More: US Attorney General: Fifa Officials were 'expected' to keep football 'honest'


Former Wimbledon champion Bob Hewitt guilty of rape

Former Wimbledon doubles champion Bob Hewitt has been found guilty of two charges of rape and one charge of sexual assault of minors by a court in South Africa.

Bob Hewitt had been charged with assaulting three underage girls. Credit: Reuters

Australian-born Hewitt, 75, had been charged with assaulting three underage girls during his time coaching children in South Africa in the 1980s.

Bob Hewitt won nine Grand Slam doubles titles, including five at Wimbledon. Credit: PA

Hewitt won nine Grand Slam doubles, including five titles at the All England Club, and six Grand Slam mixed doubles titles in the 1960s and 1970s.

Hewitt had denied all the charges.

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