That was fast.
Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius, who shot his girlfriend to death on Valentine’s Day 2013, will leave prison and move to house arrest next week.
According to South Africa’s Department of Corrections, the board “approved the placement of offender Oscar Pistorius under correctional supervision as from 20 October 2015.”
But Pistorius isn’t getting off just yet.
While he was acquitted of murder in 2014 for fatally shooting Reeva Steenkamp — claiming he thought she was a home intruder — prosecutors have appealed the decision and are seeking a murder conviction at South Africa’s Supreme Court in November.
The former Olympian will leave prison on Tuesday, where he will move to correctional supervision — a form of house arrest where he is required to receive psychotherapy and is not allowed to possess a firearm.
BTW, “house arrest” doesn’t mean Pistorius’ house. He will be living with his uncle and NOT under the same roof where he killed his girlfriend.
It’s worth noting that the granting of the house arrest request isn’t necessarily a sign that the murder trial will go in his favor. If convicted, the athlete will face 15 years back in prison!
Do YOU think the right decision was made?
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