Oscar Pistorius granted bail as he awaits trial after being accused of the murder of his girlfriend

Last Updated: 23/02/13 12:51pm

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Oscar Pistorius was granted bail following an emotionally-charged four-day hearing in South Africa on Friday.

The Paralympian is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his Pretoria home, a claim he denies, stating instead he shot her by accident as he thought she was an intruder.

The next hearing in the case has been set for 4 June.

The prosecution claimed the 26-year-old would be a flight-risk if bail was granted, but Chief Magistrate Desmond Nair stated in his lengthy summation that he was not convinced that risk was present or that Pistorius was a danger to others.

Pistorius wept openly during proceedings as the Chief Magistrate listed the evidence presented during the hearing.

But there were loud cheers when the ruling was finally read out after Mr Nair spent almost two hours laying out the reasons behind his decision.

Following a short break, Mr Nair returned to court to set the bail at one million rand (£73,823).

Pistorius must surrender his passports and refrain from applying for any new passports and must stay at an undisclosed address.

He must also agree not to enter any airport and to surrender all firearms, as well as refraining from talking to any witnesses for the prosecution.

The terms also require Pistorius to have a bail officer for the duration of the trial and must report to a police station every Monday and Friday.

Relief

Speaking on behalf of his family, the athlete's uncle Arnold told reporters: "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."

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