Convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius was released for four hours last Friday to attend his grandmother’s funeral, the Department of Correctional Services has confirmed.

Pistorius’ request for compassionate leave was granted as he was classified low risk and because of his good behavior, said spokesperson Manelisi Wolela.

He was taken to the funeral at 08:00 and was returned to his prison cell by 12:00 by an elite security unit of the department.

Pistorius’ grandmother Gerti died on Saturday, October 8. No further details were immediately available on the cause of death.

Pistorius was originally sentenced to five years for culpable homicide for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in the early hours of Valentine’s Day on February 14 2013.

In November 2015, the Supreme Court of Appeal overturned his culpable homicide conviction and, finding in favour of the State, replaced it with murder. He had to be placed on bail again and the conditions were even stricter than his correctional supervision conditions.

He was eventually sentenced to six years in prison. The State is currently attempting to appeal the sentence.