Paralympian Oscar Pistorius will leave the South African prison in which has been housed for the last 11 months on Tuesday. The South African parole board has announced that the double amputee imprisoned for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp will start his house arrest from 20 October.

The 28-year-old 'blade runner' will serve the remaining five years of the prison term under house arrest in Pretoria. 

A South African judge had found Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide - a charge similar to manslaughter.

Pistorius has maintained that he mistook Reeva for an intruder and was acting in self-defence when he shot through a locked bathroom door in his home on the Valentine's Day in 2013. However, the prosecutors in their arguments claimed that the athlete fired four shots through the locked doors with the intent to kill his girlfriend.

Under South African laws, a person sentenced to five years or less in jail can be released after serving one-sixth of his prison term — 10 months in Pistorius' case.

Pistorius initially was to be released on 21 August. However, Justice Minister Michael Masutha referred the matter to the parole review board stating that the board had acted prematurely when it decided to release him.