SOUTH AFRICA – Oscar Pistorius will be released from jail on August 21 – just TEN MONTHS after being sentenced to five years for killing his partner Reeva Steenkamp.
The South African paralympian will be released from Kgosi Mampuru prison in two months time, when he will be eligible for house arrest.
However, the ‘Blade Runner’s’ acquittal over a charge of murder is set to be appealed.
South African authorities have until August 17 to enter papers to appeal a judge’s decision.
Pistorius shot and killed Miss Steenkamp on February 14, 2013.
He claimed he thought she was an intruder.
In March this year Judge Thokozile Masipa rejected the bid by Pistorious’s lawyers to stop the State from appealing her finding that Pistorius was guilty of culpable homicide. The State wants him convicted of the more serious charge of murder, which carries a heavier sentence.
In December 2014, Masipa granted the State leave to appeal her culpable homicide conviction, saying it was based on her interpretation of the law. Appeals can be granted based on questions of law, not on the interpretation of the facts of the matter.
Masipa however dismissed the State’s application to appeal Pistorius’s 5-year-jail sentence.