Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Oscar Pistorius Granted R10 000 Bail, Case Adjourned While Sentencing is Set for April 18, 2016

Paralympic gold medalist Oscar Pistorius has been granted bail by Deputy President Aubrey Ledwana as he appeals his conviction for the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. 

Judges changed his manslaughter conviction to murder last week. He now faces a minimum 15-year jail sentence for the murder of Ms Steenkamp.
The sentencing hearing is due to be held on 18 April next year.
The athlete would also appeal against his murder conviction in the Constitutional Court, his lawyer said.
Bail has been set at 10,000 rand ($700, £450). Pistorius was deemed not to be a flight risk by Judge Audrey Ledwaba.
Pistorius can remain under house arrest at his uncle's home until sentencing next year, and will be electronically tagged. He also has to hand over his passport.
He will be able to leave the house between 7am and midday, but will only be able to move within a 20km (12 miles) radius.
He is currently under house arrest after spending one year of his original five-year sentence in jail.

See Bail conditions:
  • Accused must appear at 9am on postponement date
  • He will be under house arrest but may leave between 7am-12pm
  • Only allowed to travel within a 20km radius
  • He can only leave home by informing investigating officer
  • He cannot leave magisterial district (Tshwane)
  • OP must hand over passport and may not apply for any passports until the conclusion of the matter
  • Electronic monitoring.

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