Oscar Pistorius set for release from prison

Oct 16, 2015, 08:15 IST | PTI

Pretoria: Paralympian Oscar Pistorius is expected to walk out of prison next week after serving a year for killing his girlfriend — but he could soon be back behind bars.

The athlete was sentenced in October 2014 to five years in prison for culpable homicide — a charge equivalent to manslaughter — and is now eligible for release into house arrest after serving more than a sixth of his sentence.

Pistorius was initially due to be freed in August. But intervention by the minister of justice led to a series of delays before the parole board announced yesterday that he would be released on October 20.

Prosecutors have filed an appeal against the culpable homicide verdict, arguing that he should have been convicted of murder over the killing of Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013. If they win their case, due to begin on November 3, Pistorius could face at least 15 years in jail.

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