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Oscar Pistorius to be freed next week - after just 10 months in prison

Crime DeskBy Shuki Byrne
Freed: Pistorius will be released on August 21
Freed: Pistorius will be released on August 21

Oscar Pistorius is set to be released from prison just 10 months after being convicted of the killing of his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp

The Paralympic athlete is to be released on August 21 after he was recommended for early release. 

Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison for the killing but is reportedly being released on good behavior. 

Acting National Commissioner of Correctional Services Zach Modise says that a prison committee recommended Pistorius be released from the prison in Pretoria.

It was reported that when he is free, Pistorius would be under strict probation conditions and would be monitored. Mr Modise added authorities would consider allowing him to begin training again.

However, Pistorius will also again face the possibility of a minimum of 15 years in prison if a panel of judges at the Supreme Court of Appeal overturns the original decision in his murder trial and convicts him of murder.

The court has not yet set an exact date for the start of the appeal, court registrar Paul Myburgh said, but it will be this November.

Last year, prosecutors appealed the decision by trial Judge Thokozile Masipa to find Pistorius guilty of the lesser charge, saying he should have been convicted of murder for shooting four times through the toilet cubicle door, killing Ms Steenkamp.

In December, Judge Masipa granted prosecutors permission to appeal her finding at the Supreme Court of Appeal.

It is believed Pistorius will be placed under house arrest at his uncle's home in Pretoria upon his release.