MOSCOW, October 20 (RAPSI) – South African Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius who had been convicted of killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and sentenced to five years in prison was put under house arrest, CNN reported on Tuesday.

The tragedy at Pistorius’ home took place on February 14, 2013. The athlete killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp after he mistook her for an intruder.

He fired several shots at a locked bathroom door. The young woman sustained lethal injuries in the head, arms and chest.

Pistorius was found not guilty of Steenkamp’s premeditated murder. However, he was convicted of culpable homicide.

On November 4 2014, the prosecutor’s office said that the verdict and the sentence had been appealed.

Pistorius – a double amputee – has won six Paralympic gold metals, and competed in the 2012 London Olympics. He has come to be popularly known as the “blade runner” due to the distinctive shape of his prosthetic legs.