On Monday, Oscar Pistorius was released from a South African prison after being jailed in October of 2014. He was sentenced to five years for killing his girlfriend, the model and law school graduate Reeva Steenkamp. He shot her on Valentine’s Day and in his defense said he mistook her for an intruder.
Pistorius stayed at home during the first night after his release, South Africa’s iol News reported. He was released on Moday, a day earlier than expected, according to Correctional Services Department spokesman Manelisi Wolela.
Many questioned the decision but according to Wolela, the handling of the actual placement is an operational matter of the local management, and how they handle it is their prerogative. “The local management of Kgosi Mampuru II Correctional Centre has confirmed that Oscar Pistorius was placed under correctional supervision (on Monday night). They carry it out in the best interest of all parties concerned, the victims, the offender and the Department of Correctional Services,” Wolela told iol News.
Brian Webber, Pistorius’ lawyer, confirmed to NBC News that the paralympic star was released under correctional supervision or house arrest. He is currently staying at an uncle’s house. The South African Supreme Court of Appeal scheduled another hearing on Nov. 3.
A representative for the Steenkamp family told NBC that the news of Pistorius’ release does not bother them anymore, adding that nothing can bring back Steenkamp. Speaking with CNN on behalf of the family, Atty. Tania Koen said Steenkamp’s parents are not surprised at all by Pistorius’ release. “Nothing has change for June and Barry, nothing will bring Reeva back,” Koen told CNN.