Oscar Pistorius, who is accused of murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, is being released on bail.
The magistrate, after reading a lengthy decision, concluded that Pistorius has made his case and is to be released on bail.
Pistorius’ family and friends erupted in cheers after the decision. The Olympian was then taken back to a holding cell.
Arnold Pistorius, Oscar’s uncle, spoke on behalf of the Pistorius family. He said, “Although we are obviously relieved that Oscar has been granted bail, this is still a very sad time for the family of Reeva and for us.”
“We are grateful that the Magistrate recognized the validity and strength of our application. As the family, we are convinced that Oscar’s version of what happened on that terrible night will prove to be true.”
The 26-year-old will be free on bail for the six to eight months before his trial.
Pistorius claims he accidentally shot Steenkamp after he mistook her for a burglar. However, the Prosecution claims that the couple was arguing just before the shooting.
After the bail hearing, the prosecutor said they are still confident that they have enough evidence to convict him.
Pistorius’ bail conditions include: banning him from leaving the country; handing over his passports; banning him from returning to his him until it is cleared as an active crime scene; banning him from leaving the Pretoria area without permission; visiting a police station on a daily basis and be available to a probation officer at all times via cellphone; banning him from communicating with the prosecution’s witnesses; banning from drinking alcohol; and handing over his firearms.
The court set bail at $113,000 (1 million rand). Pistorius’ next court appearance was also set for June 4.
Pistorius became South Africa’s hero when he competed at the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympics.
Take a look at the Oscar Pistorius’ timeline at the time of Reeva’s death:
Many of Pistorius’ fans held signs of support outside of the courtroom.
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