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Pistorius granted bail following murder conviction

Disgraced South African athlete Oscar Pistorius was granted bail today after judges changed his conviction for manslaughter to murder last week.

The Paralympic "Blade Runner" killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013 and will now remain under house arrest until he is sentenced in April next year.

Pistorius will appear in court on April 18 to give an update on his appeal at the constitutional court.

ITV News Africa correspondent John Ray reports:

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The South African athlete has been granted bail following the overturning of his conviction from manslaughter to murder.

He will remain under house arrest until he is sentenced in April 2016.

Oscar Pistorius is granted bail following murder conviction

Video report by ITV News Africa correspondent John Ray

Oscar Pistorius has been granted bail by a judge at the High Court in Pretoria before his sentencing for killing Reeva Steenkamp.

He will remain under house arrest but will be allowed to leave between 7am and midday each morning with a radius of 20 kilometres.

The bail bond was set at just under £500 - an amount that Barry Roux - the defence lawyer for Oscar Pistorius - had asked for the, stating that the athlete had no money.

Pistorius will appear in court on the postponed date of April 18 2016.

Oscar Pistorius' defence team will lodge an appeal over his murder conviction with the constitutional court and expect to know by April 2016 whether the application is successful.

Oscar Pistorius speaks to his lawyer at the High Court in Pretoria, South Africa. Credit: Reuters

Oscar Pistorius will appeal murder conviction

Oscar Pistorius sits in court during his bail hearing. Credit: Reuters

Oscar Pistorius will appeal his murder conviction and take it to a constitutional court.

His defence team set out its case for the athlete to be granted bail before a sentence is given for murder.

The prosecution said that they will not oppose bail, but want tougher conditions to Pistorius' house arrest.

It told the court in Pretoria that Pistorius should never be allowed to leave his uncle's house during bail.

Pistorius was released from prison in October and has been serving the rest of his manslaughter sentence under house arrest at his uncle's home.

Oscar Pistorius arrives in court for bail hearing

Oscar Pistorius arrives at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, South Africa for a bail hearing Credit: Reuters

Oscar Pistorius has arrived at the High Court in Pretoria for a bail hearing after judges changed his conviction from manslaughter to murder.

The South African athlete faces new sentencing over the death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013.

Pistorius was released from jail on October 19 and was meant to serve the rest of his five-year sentence under house arrest.

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