World famous double amputee Oscar Pistorious release from prison has been delayed due to an order for him to receive psychotherapy. The athlete is currently serving his time in prison after killing his girlfriend – Reeva Steenkamp.
The Paralympic gold medallist was due to transfer from prison to house arrest in August. This movement was due to occur after serving 10 months of the five year sentence he received in a state prison. The decision was however thrown over as South Africa’s parole review board said that the decision of moving him to house arrest after 10 months was made prematurely.
The case will now be reconsidered by the board of parole officials.
The Parole Review Board (PRB) said in a statement that its direction for the athlete to have psychotherapy was to address factors that might have led to his crime.
This therapy could go ahead even if he is allowed to go under house arrest, the PRB said.
The decision comes after South Africa's justice minister expressed concerns over an August release, saying procedure had not been followed.
It could mean Pistorius remains in prison until after November 3 when prosecutors still seeking a murder conviction against the double-amputee runner appeal to South Africa's Supreme Court.
Reeva Steenkamp, a model and reality TV star, died when Pistorius fired four shots though the bathroom door at his Pretoria home on St Valentine's Day 2013.
The 28 -year-old said at his trial he believed there was an intruder and that Ms Steenkamp was in the bedroom at the time.
The judge accepted his version of events and cleared him of murder, but he was found guilty of culpable homicide and jailed for five years.
He was given an additional three-year sentence, suspended for five years, for firing a gun in a restaurant.