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Oscar Pistorius Gets Bail in Girlfriend’s Murder Case

By Kelly Ni
Epoch Times Staff
Created: February 22, 2013 Last Updated: February 24, 2013
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Oscar Pistorius, South African Olympic sprinter who shot and killed Reeva Steenkamp, a model and law school graduate, is granted bail. His sister, brother, and father attended his bail hearings. (Alexander Joe/AFP/Getty Images)

Oscar Pistorius, South African Olympic sprinter who shot and killed Reeva Steenkamp, a model and law school graduate, is granted bail. His sister, brother, and father attended his bail hearings. (Alexander Joe/AFP/Getty Images)

Oscar Pistorius, a paralympian double-amputee, has been granted bail on set conditions after shooting and killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, a famed model and law graduate.

Pistorius must turn in all his passports, cannot apply for new passports, and must report to the local police station every Friday and Monday. The bail price is 1 million Rand (approximately US$112, 820), and he has to pay 100,000 Rand (approximately US$11,280) in cash upfront.

Andrew Harding, BBC News Africa correspondent, tweeted from the courtroom that Pistorius is not allowed near airports.

Pistorius cannot use alcohol or drugs, he must turn in his guns, and he needs permission in order to leave Pretoria, South Africa. He must also be available on his mobile phone to his probation officer at all times.

Pistorius will stay at an “undisclosed location.” He is not allowed to return to his house where he shot and killed his girlfriend, and he cannot communicate with neighbors near his house or witnesses in the case. 

The ruling comes after five days in court. Alex Crawford, South Africa-based Sky News special correspondent, tweeted from inside the courtroom at 4 p.m. local time that the case will be postponed until June 4.

In the meantime, cases will be built from both sides.

Pistorius shot and killed Steenkamp through his bathroom door on Valentine’s Day. He claims that he thought his girlfriend was an intruder. He also claims that he did not have his prosthetic legs on at the time.

Prosecutors claim that it was murder, and that he did have his prosthetic legs on at the time, judging by the angle that the shots came from. 

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