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Oscar Pistorius allowed out of jail to attend grandmother's funeral

Published 18/10/2016

Oscar Pistorius is serving a six-year prison term
Oscar Pistorius is serving a six-year prison term

Convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius was let out of prison for four hours last week to attend his grandmother's funeral, South African authorities have said.

An elite security unit took the former track star to the funeral on Friday morning under a compassionate leave policy for prisoners, the correctional services department said.

Pistorius, who fatally shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013, asked to attend the funeral and was allowed to do so because he is classified as a "low risk" offender, department spokesman Manelisi Wolela said.

The double-amputee Olympian is serving a six-year prison term for murdering Ms Steenkamp and is being held at the Kgosi Mampuru II jail in Pretoria.

Prosecutors have said the sentence is too lenient.

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