Disgraced paralympian, who was jailed last year for killing his girlfriend, Oscar Pistorius, will be released from jail after serving 10 months of his five year sentence, according to a report in the Independent.
While the former athlete did not apply for early release himself, the parole board at Kgosi Mampuru II prison in Pretoria where he is being held has recommended he be released into the community at the first opportunity.
After a trial which gripped the world’s attention and ultimately found him guilty of culpable homicide, Pistorius’s time in prison has itself not been without controversy.
In June, the South African correction services confirmed he would serve the minimum of a sixth of his five-year sentence behind bars. “He’s behaving himself very well,” said Zach Modise, the services’ national commissioner.
Pistorius will leave prison on Friday 21 August, exactly 10 months on from his sentence hearing.
Whether he will remain free, however, is another matter. His case remains subject to a Supreme Court appeal hearing in November, when prosecutors will argue that his conviction should be scaled up to murder – and a minimum 15-year jail term.