Oscar Pistorius bail hearing

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

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Oscar Pistorius to be released on bail

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 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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Pistorius' coach confident he will get bail

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.

Pistorius 'threatened to break rival's legs'

The chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel has repeated threats apparently made by Pistorius to a rival, when he is alleged to have said:

I'll dash him up and break his legs

The prosecutor says "you can't say this was merely 'boy talk'." The magistrate then asks:

What kind of life would Pistorius lead if he flees, given his prostheses?

A friend of Pistorius in the public gallery mutters "Exactly."

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