Oscar Pistorius Granted Bail Ahead of Girlfriend’s Murder Trial

South African athlete Oscar Pistorius has been granted bail ahead of the trial for the alleged murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

His Bail was set at 1m rand (£73,000), and Pistorius has been ordered not to return to Silver Woods estate, where the shooting took place. He was also told to report to a police station on Mondays and Fridays and to surrender his passport.

The Magistrate, Desmond Nair, said having reviewed evidence from the defence and prosecution, he felt Pistorius should be granted bail. He also pointed out that the former chief investigator in the case, Hilton Botha, had made “several errors and concessions” during his testimony during the bail hearing, adding that prosecutors had failed to prove that Pistorius was a flight risk or had a propensity toward violence.

According to Guardian UK, the Magistrate granted him bail for the following reasons:

    • He did not think Pistorius was a flight risk.
    • He did not think the prosecution had shown that Pistorius had a propensity for violence.
    • He did not think the prosecution had shown there would be public outrage if he were released on bail.
    • He did not think the prosecution’s case was so strong that Pistorius’s only reasonable reaction were he released would be to flee.

The Judge however pointed out holes in Pistorius’s story that may prove important when the case comes to trial:

  • Why did he not ascertain Steenkamp’s whereabouts?
  • Why did he not verify who was in the toilet?
  • Why did Steenkamp not scream back from the toilet?
  • Why did the deceased and the accused not escape through the bedroom door rather than venture into the toilet?
  • Why would the accused venture into danger knowing the intruder was in the toilet, leaving himself open to attack? He returned to the dangerous area. What if the intruder was waiting for him?

And he said he had difficulty with the defence’s version of why the accused slept on the other side of the bed from usual that night.

Botha has since been removed from the case after prosecutors reinstated attempted murder charges against him in a 2011 incident unrelated to Pistorius.

ESPN reports that when the Magistrate announced that Pistorius would be released on bail, there were audible cheers from within the court.

13 Comments on Oscar Pistorius Granted Bail Ahead of Girlfriend’s Murder Trial
  • temi February 22, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    I hope he ends up in jail for life,fat liar and a killer.

    • awade February 22, 2013 at 6:09 pm

      dont conclude just like that

    • dede February 22, 2013 at 9:22 pm

      There are many reasons to believe he didn’t do it
      1.) There has never been a case of domestic violence between Oscar and Reeva.
      2.) Even if they had an argument and based on the affidavit that he wasn’t wearing his prosthetic legs, I believe a tall model like Reeva will be in a position to attack a man without legs.
      3.) Why the hell will she lock herself in the bathroom if she was so upset with him. She would have just left his apartment.
      4.)Why shoot your girlfriend in your house with your gun if it was premeditated.
      5.) Finally, the guy is crippled. There must be something psychological about their reactions that will differ from a normal man with legs. I believe people with disabilities are more paranoid than those who are not disabled.

      Lets just pray that if he is guilty, God will serve him justice and if not he whould be vindicated. The truth is that no one can know what went down that day. We should not be in a hurry to judge Oscar. He definitely shot Reeva but there’s no evidence to prove at this moment whether it was a murder or a mistake.

  • arabella February 22, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    madam innocent until proven guilty.

  • April Laugh February 22, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    It’s 1m rand (£74, 000)

  • Allelaw February 22, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    This will eventually turn out to be like the OJ Simpson murder case…I only hope he sticks with his “version” of the story because I see a twisting to this sooner than later.

  • Sexxie February 22, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Why??? 🙁 I pray he doesn’t shoot his side chic next.

  • Bunmi adeloye February 22, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    It’s R 1M and he was told to make a Deposit of R100,000 today before the bail can take effect.

  • HABBA February 22, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    clearly this guy is going to walk away free South Africa does not have BALLZ!

  • her February 22, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    This story is so sad all the way around , his family and friends better keep a close eye on him I think he could commit suicide in the worst way tormenting our thoughts even further

  • Chinox February 22, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Bail was set at 1000000 rand not 100k

  • Yewande Aje February 22, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    hmmm, i really don’t think he did it. I sort of believe his story. I hope the truth ssurfaces

  • Abbey February 24, 2013 at 2:56 am

    I guess it was easier for him to get rid of her on valentine’s day than for him to buy her a valentine gift….lol. I feel you my guy!

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