Pistorius could be a free man as soon as August

2015-05-11 11:37
Oscar Pistorius (Pool, AP)

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Pretoria - Culpable homicide convict Oscar Pistorius could be free from jail in as little as three months’ time and is keen to work with children upon his release.

Pistorius's lawyer, Rohan Kruger, told the UK Sunday Times newspaper that the athlete spends about 23 hours of his day in an isolation wing and spends most of his time reading the Bible and praying in his cell.

Pistorius is being kept in the hospital wing of the Kgosi Mampuru II Prison in Pretoria.

He was sentenced to five years in jail for shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day in 2013. Pistorius claimed he thought she was an intruder.

Kruger told the Sunday Times that Pistorius was "destroyed" and is still “in bits and in shock” about Steenkamp’s death. He said in "no way has [Pistorius] come to terms with what has happened to him”.

The lawyer said the athlete is keen to work with children in “whatever opportunity will present” itself.

Though Kruger said Pistorius is very lonely, reports emerged in April that he had formed a friendship with Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir.

The pair reportedly trained together and in March, a video was released showing Krejcir and Pistorius playing soccer on the prison grounds, News24 reported.

Pistorius could yet face a murder conviction after the State was granted leave to appeal his culpable homicide conviction, Sapa reported in March.

A date has not yet been set for the Supreme Court of Appeal hearing.

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