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Oscar Pistorius granted bail

22 February 2013, 15:30

Pretoria - Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius has been granted bail by the Pretoria Magistrate's Court following his arrest for the alleged murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, last Thursday.

Magistrate Desmond Nair granted Pistorius bail when the four-day bail hearing resumed on Friday afternoon.

"The accused has made a case to be released on bail," he said.

The court had heard submissions from both the State and the defence based on the initial findings of the investigation into the crime scene.

The State argued that Pistorius had intended to kill, even if he thought he was shooting at a burglar, and should be denied bail, while the defence argued that Pistorius did not intend to kill Steenkamp, was not a flight risk, and should be granted bail. 

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