Iconic South African paralympian Oscar Pistorius could be moved from prison in August, ten months after being found guilty of the manslaughter of his covergirl lover Reeva Steenkamp.
Her parents have issued a statement through their lawyer saying they’ve forgiven Pistorius but ít sends the wrong message to allow him to leave jail so soon to complete his five year sentence under house arrest.
South African correctional services officials, who saw parole officers last week, recommended that Oscar Pistorius be allowed to complete his sentence under correctional supervision.
This would have him serve the remainder of his five-year sentence, without the chance of parole, under house arrest.
It means he would not be able to leave the home determined by the court and parole officers could check on him at any time.
The announcement eclipsed all other news items in South Africa where public opinion has moved sharply against the double amputee who claims he killed Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day in 2013 believing she was an intruder.
His release from prison could be as early as August 21, two days after what would have been Reeva’s birthday.
It is also three months before the appeal by the prosecution comes to court.
They’re seeking to have Pistorius found guilty of murder.
It this succeeds, he could find himself behind bars for a longer sentence.