Blade Runner has been given bail!
Via NY Times reports:
After four days of combative hearings, a South African magistrate on Friday granted bail for Oscar Pistorius, the double amputee track star accused of murdering his girlfriend in a case that has horrified and fascinated the nation.
The decision was made known after Magistrate Desmond Nair heard impassioned final arguments between defense and prosecution in Courtroom C of the Pretoria Magistrates Court in the presence of an emotional Mr. Pistorius who has testified that he mistook his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, for an intruder and never intended to kill her.
Mr. Nair said Mr. Pistorius did not represent a “flight risk,” and was not likely to interfere with state witnesses.
“The accused has made a case to be released on bail,” the magistrate concluded. Pistorius family members in the packed courtroom shouted: “Yes!”
The terms of the bail were not immediately disclosed.
Before announcing his ruling, the magistrate reprised the four days of conflicting arguments by defense and prosecution lawyers. Mr. Pistorius’s shoulders shook with emotion and tears fell from his eyes as, at one point, Mr. Nair said: “The deceased died in his arms.”
Mr. Nair said bail was not a matter of guilt and innocence as about determining whether justice was served by holding the bail applicant in custody.
But he took issue with the testimony and actions of the prosecution’s lead investigator, Detective Warrant Officer Hilton Botha, who has since been removed from that position, saying the officer committed “several errors and concessions” and “blundered” in gathering evidence.
He added: “It can never be said the Warrant Officer Botha is the state case.
Via TMZ reports:
A judge just GRANTED Oscar Pistorius bail, saying the Olympian is NOT a flight risk. And get this … bail was set at $112,771.
Pistorius was in court — along with 2 members of Reeva Steenkamp’s family — as the decision went down. Pistorius’ family and friends were cheering the decision in the courtroom.
The judge said it was highly improbable Pistorius could flee the country, given his fame and the fact that he’s a double amputee. As Pistorius’ lawyer noted, going through airport security would trigger multiple alarms.
And, the judge said, the prosecutor did not prove Pistorius had a propensity for violence — meaning he would probably not kill again while out on bail.
Where is the CSI team when you need them???