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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.
Magistrate Desmond Nair has returned to court after a brief adjournment, and is outlining the considerations he must take into account when making his decision.
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."
South African magistrate Desmond Nair will rule on whether Oscar Pistorius will be released on bail in the next few minutes.
Cameras are not allowed to record the judgement, South African channel EWN is streaming the audio from their YouTube channel. The judgement could take as long as an hour to deliver.
If Pistorius isn't granted bail his lawyers will directly appeal against the decision, according to local media.
Oscar Pistorius' longtime coach Ampie Louw was in court today to hear the fourth day of arguments in his bail hearing.
Speaking to Africa Correspondent Rohit Kachroo he said he would like to get Pistorius back training as soon as possible, to help his mental state. He said:
"I believe strongly he will get bail. I wasn't there, but I believe in him as a person."
The decision will be announced at 12:30pm, UK time.
The chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel has repeated threats apparently made by Pistorius to a rival, when he is alleged to have said:
The prosecutor says "you can't say this was merely 'boy talk'." The magistrate then asks:
A friend of Pistorius in the public gallery mutters "Exactly."