Pistorius granted bail, fitted with tag

Oscar Pistorius has been released on bail and has vowed to appeal his murder conviction for fatally shooting his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentines Day, 2013.

A South African court found him guilty of murder last week, overturning his original conviction on the lesser charge of culpable homicide for killing Steenkamp.

The 29-year-old Paralympian appeared relaxed at his bail hearing, dressed in a dark suit, white shirt and black tie.


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He briefly chatted with his legal team before standing in the dock to hear the judge’s ruling.

He was released from jail in October to live under house arrest at his uncle’s house in Pretoria after serving one year of his five-year prison sentence for culpable homicide – the equivalent of manslaughter.

Under the new conviction for murder, he faces a minimum 15-year jail term that may be reduced due to time already spent in jail and the fact that he is a first-time offender.

“The applicant is released on bail of 10,000 rand ($A949.56),” judge Aubrey Ledwaba said, adding Pistorius would remain under house arrest.

Ledwaba said Pistorius would be allowed to leave the house at set times with official permission, staying within 20 kilometres of his house.

The High Court will reconvene on April 18 2016 to hear an update from Pistorius’ lawyers on his attempt to appeal to the Constitutional Court – South Africa’s highest court.

Pistorius’ bail application outlined the basis of his planned Constitutional Court appeal against the murder conviction handed down last week by the Supreme Court of Appeal.

He accused the appeal court of overstepping its authority by revising the first trial’s finding that “I genuinely and honestly believed that my life and that of the deceased were in danger”.

Pistorius spoke in court only to calmly say “I do” when asked whether he made his bail application voluntarily.

No date was announced for his re-sentencing.

After the hearing, Pistorius reported to the Correctional Services headquarters to be fitted with an electronic monitoring tag, to be worn on his wrist.

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