Oscar Pistorius South African Paralympian to remain in jail

A judge-led panel on Monday, October 5 upheld a decision taken in August to block his transfer to house arrest

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  play Oscar Pistorius to remain in jail (REUTERS/Herman Verwey/Pool)
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South African Paralympic star, Oscar Pistorius, will remain in jail following another delay in a decision to grant him parole.

A judge-led panel on Monday, October 5 upheld a decision taken in August to block his transfer to house arrest.

The panel also said Pistorius should undergo psychotherapy.

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 The 28-year-old was sentenced to five years in prison last year for shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

The 28-year-old double amputee had hoped to be freed in August after a parole board ruled that he could serve the rest of his five-year prison sentence under house arrest.

  play Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in jail for shooting his girlfriend (REUTERS/Mike Hutchings)

 

But the panel, led by Judge Lucy Mailula, ruled that Justice Minister Michael Masutha had acted correctly when he prevented the release on the grounds that it had been taken prematurely.

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At the time of his intervention, Pistorius had been granted parole only six months into his five-year sentence.

Mr Masutha had argued that the law states that an offender can only be considered for parole after serving one-sixth of his sentence, in this case 10 months.

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