Oscar Pistorius bail hearing

Oscar Pistorius has been granted bail over charges that he murdered his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Oscar Pistorius to be released on bail

Oscar Pistorius in court today.
Oscar Pistorius in court today. Credit: Reuters

Oscar Pistorius has been granted bail. In a lengthy judgement magistrate Desmond Nair said:

"The accused has made a case to be released on bail"

In his ruling, which lasted almost two hours, Magistrate Desmond Nair said he could not find that Pistorius had been established as a flight risk, or enough evidence of propensity to violence.

He also said he does not think granting bail would cause public outrage.

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Oscar Pistorius bail hearing adjourned

Oscar Pistorius in court today
Oscar Pistorius in court today Credit: Reuters

Magistrate Desmond Nair has adjourned the bail hearing of Oscar Pistorius for "a few minutes" and the athlete has left the courtroom.

In a summary lasting more than an hour and covering a brief history of bail in South Africa, he said:

"The issue of bail is not guilt, but determining whether it is in the interest of justice that the person be released."

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