Oscar Pistorius sits in the dock during his trial in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, on May 6, 2014.
Mike Hutchings—Reuters
August 17, 2015 12:59 PM EDT

Oscar Pistorius, the Paralympic gold medalist who was convicted last year of killing his girlfriend, will serve the rest of his 5-year prison sentence under house arrest in a mansion beginning Friday.

The 29-year-old champion has served 10 months in prison for killing his law graduate and model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day 2013, and will on Friday begin to wear an electronic tracking tag and live outside prison, Reuters reports.

Pistorius, whose lower legs were amputated as a baby and who was nicknamed “Blade Runner” for his prowess on the track with carbon-fiber prosthetics, will live in a manor featuring more than a dozen bedrooms, a private gym, an outdoor swimming pool and landscaped gardens. The grandiose home belongs to Pistorius’ uncle.

“It’s more like mansion arrest,” Christopher, 31, a security guard who works near the house Pistorius will stay, told Reuters.

South African sentencing guidelines rule non-dangerous prisoners should spend only one-sixth of a prison sentence behind bars.

Pistorius has admitted to killing his girlfriend, who was behind the locked door of a bathroom, in what he said was the mistaken belief that an intruder was hiding behind it.

Prosecutors are hoping to overturn the verdict and lengthen the sentence to a murder charge, arguing Pistorius would have known the person behind the door could be killed when he fired.


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