Pistorius could be released before returning to jail

The Olympian and Paralympian could return to prison if the state wins its appeal in the SCA.

FILE: Paralympian Oscar Pistorius reacts as judgment is being handed down in his murder trial at the High Court in Pretoria on Friday, 12 September 2014. Picture: Pool.

JOHANNESBURG - Oscar Pistorius could be released from prison on probation in August and then be faced with returning to jail to complete a 15-year sentence.

The athlete was in September found not guilty of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The North Gauteng High Court instead found him guilty of the lesser charge of culpable homicide for the 2013 Valentine's Day shooting.

The commissioner of prisons on Monday confirmed Pistorius had been recommended for release on probation on 21 August.

The Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein also confirmed an appeal against his murder acquittal will be heard in November.

According to Section 276 1(a) of the Criminal Procedure Act, Pistorius can be considered for placement under correctional supervision or have his sentence converted after serving one-sixth of his sentence.

This is at the discretion of the commissioner who confirmed the recommendation had been made.

Pistorius would've served this time by August.

He was sentenced to five years in total by Judge Thokozile Masipa.

The Olympian and Paralympian was also found guilty of negligently discharging a firearm at Tashas restaurant in northern Johannesburg.

Pistorius was in October handed a sentence of five years for culpable homicide and three years, wholly suspended, for the Tashas shooting, with the two sentences running concurrently.