When is Oscar Pistorius due to be released from jail?

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South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius attends his sentencing at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria October 21, 2014. Pistorius arrived at the court on Tuesday to be sentenced for killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, closing one of the most sensational trials in South African history and one that may yet fuel controversy about race and money in its justice system. REUTERS/Herman Verwey/Pool (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS CRIME LAW HEADSHOT)
South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to prison on 21 October, 2014, for killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. (Reuters)

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On this day seven years ago, Oscar Pistorius was jailed for killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

But there would be many more days in court to follow.

On 21 October, 2014, Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison for the culpable homicide of Ms Steenkamp, 29.

The former gold medal-winning Paralympian, known as the “Blade Runner”, shot and killed Ms Steenkamp, a model and paralegal, at his home in Pretoria, South Africa, on Valentine’s Day, 2013.

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She had been dating Pistorius since November 2012.

Pistorius claimed he had mistaken his girlfriend for an intruder hiding in the bathroom, firing shots through the door.

PORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA: Reeva Steenkamp in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Mike Holmes/The Herald/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
Reeva Steenkamp was murdered by Oscar Pistorius on Valentine's Day, 2013. (Getty Images)
*Exclusive* The home of Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius where he allegedly shot his girlfriend. Police lines were still visible late in the afternoon.
Reeva Steenkamp was shot dead by her boyfriend Oscar Pistorius at his home in Pretoria, South Africa. (PA)
Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius reacts as Judge Thokozile Masipa (unseen) delivers her verdict at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria September 12, 2014. Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide on Friday, escaping the more serious charge of murder for the killing of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, and will now battle to avoid going to prison. REUTERS/Alon Skuy/Pool (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS ENTERTAINMENT CRIME LAW TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Oscar Pistorius reacts as he is found guilty of culpable homicide in a court in Pretoria in September 2014. He would later be convicted of murder on appeal. (Reuters)

Pistorius fired four shots through the bathroom door, hitting Ms Steenkamp three times.

She was shot in the head, pelvis and arm, the court heard.

The following year, a trial found him not guilty of murder, but guilty of culpable homicide, leading to a five-year prison sentence.

He was released on parole on 19 October, 2015, but the case went to the Supreme Court of Appeal of South Africa.

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In December 2015, the appeal court overturned the culpable homicide verdict and convicted Pistorius of murder.

As a result, in July 2016, a judge sentenced Pistorius to six years in prison, which was called “shockingly lenient” by the state, which made another appeal, asking for a longer sentence.

This appeal was also successful, and in November 2017, Pistorius was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

However, Pistorius, now 34, will be eligible for parole in 2023.

Oscar Pistorius sits in the dock ahead of the second day of the trial of the Olympic and Paralympic track star at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, March 4, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Ludbrook/Pool (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS CRIME LAW TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Oscar Pistorius sits in the dock ahead of the second day of his trial in March 2014. (Reuters)
South Africa's Oscar Pistorius starts the Men's 400m T44 final at the Olympic Stadium, London.
Oscar Pistorius, known as the 'Blade Runner', competing in the Men's 400m T44 final at the Olympic Stadium in London during the 2012 Paralympics. (PA)

He is currently being held at the low-security Atteridgeville Correctional Centre in South Africa.

In 2018, his father, Henke Pistorius, told The Times that his son teaches fellow inmates about the Bible.

“I have no doubt that Oscar has changed the environment in the prison for the better, he is helping to mediate between people and is having a positive influence,” his father said.

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Ms Steenkamp’s parents, Barry, a horse trainer, and his second wife, June, who was born in Blackburn in England, were often pictured in attendance at Pistorius’s trial.

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 6: : June and Barry Steenkamp, parents of  Reeva Steenkamp arrive at North Gauteng High Court on July 6, 2016 in Pretoria, South Africa.  Pistorius was sentenced to six years in prison for the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at their home in 2013.  (Photo by Charlie Shoemaker/Getty Images)
Barry and June Steenkamp, the parents of Reeva Steenkamp, arrive at North Gauteng High Court during Oscar Pistorius's trial in July 2016 in Pretoria, South Africa. (Getty Images)
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A picture taken on January 26, 2013 shows Olympian sprinter Oscar Pistorius posing next to his girlfriend  Reeva Steenkamp at Melrose Arch in Johannesburg. South Africa's Olympic sprinter Oscar
Reeva Steenkamp and Oscar Pistorius pictured in January 2013, just three weeks before he murdered her. (AFP via Getty Images)

In 2017, when his sentence was lengthened to 15 years, Ms Steenkamp’s family’s spokeswoman, Tania Koen, said: “This is an emotional thing for them.

“They just feel that their trust in the justice system has been confirmed this morning.”

Ms Steenkamp had been a keen horse rider until she broke her back in a fall when in her early 20s. 

The first face of Avon cosmetics in South Africa, Ms Steenkamp also worked as a television presenter for FashionTV and appeared in several advertisements.

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