Oscar Pistorius will be released from prison on parole nearly 11 years after murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

On Valentine’s Day in 2013, he shot her many times through a bathroom door, claiming he mistook her for a burglar at their Pretoria home.

Pistorius, now 37, was sentenced to 13 years and five months in prison by a South African court in 2016.

His release date has been set by the parole board for January 5, 2024.

The Department of Correctional Services stated on Friday that if released, Pistorius will be watched by officials “just like all other parolees” until his term formally expires. If he wishes to relocate or find a job during that period, he must notify his parole officer.

According to a spokesman for the Steenkamp family, Pistorius would also be required to undergo rehabilitation sessions.

June Steenkamp chose not to attend the parole hearing at Atteridgeville prison, near Pretoria, saying: “I simply cannot muster the energy to face him again at this stage.”

Her husband and Reeva’s father, Barry, died earlier this year and she said the strain on them both had been immense.

“My dear Barry left this world utterly devastated by the thought that he had failed to protect his daughter… I’ve no doubt that he died of a broken heart,” Mrs Steenkamp’s statement read.

Barry Steenkamp had met Oscar Pistorius face-to-face last year as part of the rehabilitation process.

Mrs Steemkamp says that while she does not believe her daughter’s killer has shown remorse, she had nonetheless decided to forgive him “long ago, as I knew most certainly that I would not be able to survive if I had to cling to my anger”.

Pistorius was granted parole for the second time in less than a year.

His initial parole application was denied in March because he had not served the necessary prison period. The South African Constitutional Court eventually found that this was an error, resulting in the fresh parole hearing.

According to South African law, all criminals are eligible for parole after serving half of their complete sentence.

Reeva Steenkamp, 29, was a successful model and law graduate who also worked as a TV presenter and starred in the reality show Tropika Island of Treasure.

“She was more than just a pretty face, she had a beautiful heart and ambition,” her friend Kerry Smith told the BBC.

The two women met at university and had planned to start a law firm to help abused women after graduating.

“She wanted to save everyone, wanted to protect everyone,” her friend recalls.

Steenkamp was three months into her relationship with Pistorius when he fired four shots with a pistol through the door of a toilet cubicle at his Pretoria home in the early hours of 14 February 2013.

She died almost instantly.

He was convicted of murder in 2015 at the Supreme Court of Appeal having initially been convicted of the lesser offence of culpable homicide.

Oscar Pistorius’s lower legs were amputated when he was less than a year old. He subsequently relied on prosthetics and became a world-renowned athlete known as the “blade runner”.

He won multiple gold medals at the Paralympics. He also competed against non-disabled athletes at the London 2012 Olympics.

The murder of Reeva Steenkamp just six months later, and the subsequent trials, dominated headlines around the world.