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Pistorius set to remain in jail

A decision on whether or not to grant the athlete parole has been delayed until Monday.

Image: AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, File

OSCAR PISTORIUS WILL stay in jail after a decision to grant him parole was again delayed Monday, his lawyer told AFP, in a long battle over whether he should be released early from a prison sentence for killing his girlfriend.

South Africa’s parole review board — the final recourse for parole disputes — met on Monday to determine if the Paralympic star, 28, should be allowed out on house arrest.

“They’re going to refer the matter back to the (original) parole board,” Brian Webber, a lawyer representing Pistorius, told AFP after the review board meeting.

The double-amputee sprinter was sentenced last year to five years in prison for killing model and law graduate Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day 2013, the culmination of a trial that attracted global headlines.

He was found guilty of culpable homicide — a charge equivalent to manslaughter — after saying during the trial that he shot his girlfriend through a locked bathroom door because he mistook her for an intruder.

Pistorius was due to leave prison in August until Justice Minister Michael Masutha made a last-minute intervention blocking his release.

Masutha said the parole board had made a mistake when they approvedPistorius for early release, but his intervention has been widely criticised by legal experts.

- © AFP, 2015

Read: Oscar Pistorius parole review postponed for two weeks

Also: “He killed her. He admits he killed her.” – Reeva Steenkamp’s parents in face of Pistorius release

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