Next Stop for Pistorius: 'Mansion Arrest'

He moves from prison to uncle's house this week
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 18, 2015 1:03 AM CDT
Next Stop for Pistorius: 'Mansion Arrest'
Oscar Pistorius, center, gets a hug from a relative, left, with uncle Arnold Pistorius, right, in court in Pretoria, South Africa, April 17, 2014.   (AP Photo/Alet Pretorius, Pool)

After serving 10 months of a five-year sentence for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, Oscar Pistorius is about to start doing time in his uncle Arnold's house, which Reuters reports has "more than a dozen bedrooms, a private gym, outdoor swimming pool, and landscaped garden." Prisons are overcrowded in South Africa, and prisoners are routinely released a sixth of the way into their sentences. Pistorius will have to wear an electronic tag as he serves the rest of his time on "corrective supervision" in the luxury home. "It's more like mansion arrest," a security guard on the uncle's street in a Pretoria suburb tells Reuters.

Pistorius is expected to leave prison Friday and will be able to leave his uncle's house to work. He apparently plans to work with disadvantaged children and is unlikely to run competitively anytime soon: CNN reports that the International Paralympic Committee has banned him from competing until after his full sentence expires, meaning the next Olympics he can take part in will be in 2020, when he will be 33 years old. His future may also hold more time in prison. Prosecutors filed papers yesterday to have Pistorius' culpable homicide conviction in Steenkamp's death converted to a murder conviction, which carries a minimum 15-year sentence, reports the BBC. (More Oscar Pistorius stories.)

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