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  • Oscar Pistorius Granted Bail


    02/22/13

    Oscar Pistorius in court on Friday. (Getty Images)
    (ATR) Oscar Pistorius was granted bail by a South African judge on Friday.

    Pistorius, 26, was charged with pre-meditated murder for the Valentine’s Day killing of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp in his home outside Pretoria. His lawyers denied the charges.

    Desmond Nair, the magistrate hearing the case recapped the evidence and his justification for nearly two hours before announcing his decision.

    Nair said there was no evidence of a flight risk from Pistorius, who was willing to surrender both his passports, has lived his entire life in South Africa and has substantial assets in the country. He added there was no indication Pistorius has a "propensity for violence." 

    Accused murderers are usually held in South African jail awaiting trial, he said, unless there are "exceptional circumstances."

    Nair said "the interest of justice" must be weighed when granting bail, adding a decision also had to consider on whether to add another accused to South Africa's jails and deprive a family of its "breadwinner." 

    While hearing Steenkamp died in the sprinter's arms, Pistorius began crying softly and Nair could be heard saying: "are you OK?" 

    The murder trial for Pistorius could be months away. 

    The lawyer for Pistorius, Barry Roux said that Pistorius was not a flight risk and that his prosthetic legs required constant maintenance. 

    Homepage photo from Getty Images. 

    Written by Ed Hula III.

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