Court Grants Oscar Pistorius Bail, But Seize His Passports And Ban Him From Drinking Alcohol

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A South African court has granted Oscar ‘Blade Runner’ Pistorius bail following his Valentine’s Day murder of his girlfriend.

Magistrate Desmond Nair’s decision drew cheers from the Pistorius’ family and supporters, while the athlete burst into tears.

The magistrate set bail at one million rand (£73,000) and postponed the case until June 4.

Pistorius will also be required to live at an undisclosed address, hand in his two South African passports and report twice a week to a police station in Pretoria.

The double amputee is also banned from drinking alcohol, must hand over his guns and stay away from the estate where he lived.

Prosecutors had warned that the star has the “money, means and motive” to flee South Africa if he was given bail, but his lawyers successfully argued the Blade Runner was too famous to flee justice.

In his two-hour statement to the court, the judge said he did not believe Pistorius to be a “flight risk” or “pose a danger to society”.

But the magistrate said Pistorius still has lots questions to answer.

“I have difficulty in appreciating the accused did not ascertain the whereabouts of his girlfriend when he got off the the bed,” Mr Nair said.

“I have difficulty with the accused not seeking to verify who was in the toilet when he could have asked.

“I have difficulty understanding why the deceased didn’t scream back from the toilet.”

Sky’s Alex Crawford said Pistorius burst into tears when the decision was read out.

“He had been crying quietly anyway, and it just seemed to prompt even more sobbing from him,” Crawford said.



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