Oscar Pistorius- He’s out!
Oscar Pistorius, South African paralympic athlete charged with murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, leaves the Pretoria magistrate’s court with his family, including his sister Aimee. Pictured. Photograph: Tj Lemon/EPA
Will historic events, head the O.J Simpson and O.P trial not too dissimilar.
Oscar Pistorius is out on bail at the end of a highly emotionally charged hearing which has gripped South Africa and the world.
There was no sign of joy from the Paralympian who sobbed and plunged into despair.
But as Pistorius’s family prayed in a circle, while the judge spoke, there were smiles of relief, and a shout of “yes!” as they leaped to their feet in the highly charged courtroom.
Magistrate Desmond Nair set the bail at 1m rand (£73,000) and said Pistorius must hand over his passport and turn in any weapons he owns. The Paralympian’s next court appearance was scheduled for 4 June.
The magistrate also ruled he could not return to his home, where the killing of Steenkamp took place.
Pistorius’s uncle Arnold is reported to of said: “We are relieved of the fact that Oscar got bail today. But at the same time we are in mourning for the death of Reeva with her family. We are also grateful for the magistrate for coming to the conclusion and for our legal team that has delivered extremely professional and legal statements that led to the decision of giving bail today. As the family, we know Oscar’s version of what happened that tragic night and we know that that is the truth and that will prevail in the coming court case.”
Nair said Pistorius’s affidavit, in which he gave his version of the events of the shooting on morning of 14 February in a sworn statement, had helped his application for bail in Pretoria magistrate’s court. “That reaching out in the affidavit, the way that he did, placing it before the court,” Nair said. “I come to the conclusion that the accused has made a case to be released on bail.”
Oscar Pistorius’s bail conditions
Upon payment of the 100,000 rand (£73,000) Pistorius must be released with the following conditions:
• He appears in court on 4 June at 8.30am.
• He surrenders all passports and refrains from applying for any passports.
• He refrains from entering any airport.
• He surrenders all firearms.
• He refrains from possessing any firearms.
• He refrains from talking to any witnesses for the prosecution.
• He will have a probation officer and correctional official from the date of release until the case is concluded.
• He shall inform the official of all his movements and ask for permission for any journeys outside Pretoria.
• He shall give them a phone number and must be contactable day and night.
• He must not be charged with an offence of violence against women.
• He must not use drugs or alcohol.
• He must not return to his home and must not make contact with any residents of his estate except the Stander family.