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Premeditated Murder Charge: Pistorius Gets Bail!


Four days after hearing opened on his bail application, South African athlete, Oscar Pistorius who was accused of murdering his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day has been granted bail.

The Magistrate, Desmond Nair said the state did not make a case that Pistorius would flee if granted bail, neither did they prove that he had a violent character. He was granted bail in the sum of 1 million rand (an equivalent of $ 13, 000). As part of the bail conditions, Pistorius would have to surrender his international passport and avoid his home in Pretoria. He would also report to a police station every Monday and Friday between 7 am and 1 pm.

The next hearing has been fixed for June 4, 2013 when the trial proper will commence.

At the hearing on Friday, prosecution lawyer, Nel pointed out that Pistorius was in illegal possession of ammunition, it didn’t matter if it belonged to his father. He went on that the fact that there is only one survivor of that tragic night makes it difficult for the state. While rounding off his argument, Nel said “the degree of violence present in this case is horrific. You are in this small cubicle and someone fires blindly into it. Not one, two shots, but four.” Nel also pointed out violence against women should not be taken lightly. He stressed that the accused in this case has the means to pay any amount of bail and that his international status means he can be accommodated anywhere.

Again the prosecutor raised questions, “why would a woman in the toilet at 3 am who heard Pistorius shout there is an intruder not cry out Oscar where are you?”, he asked.

He also insisted that the athlete’s burglar claim was all part of the planning, stating in court that the athlete must have decided that “I have my gun, I want to shoot her and as soon as they confront me, I’ll say it was a burglar”. While speaking on the shooting incident at a restaurant in which the embattled athlete was involved, the prosecutor said all he said was “I am Oscar Pistorius, I can’t report this… I need to get out of here, I need to take part in meetings”. Giving treasons why Oscar Pistorius should not be granted bail, Nel said lots of people have escaped bail. He cited an instance in a case involving Julian Assange of the Wikileaks fame. “He is a well known person, he is as well known as Mr Pistorius, he skipped bail. Assange’s face is as recognisable as Pistorius’ legs, that didn’t make him less of flight risk”, Nel told the court.



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