PRETORIA, South Africa – Paralympian athlete Oscar Pistorius has been granted bail. As The Guardian reports, the court granted him bail because he gave a detailed account of the events that led to the shooting of Reeva Steenkamp.
Magistrate Desmond Nair said Pistorius is going to have to pay 1m rand: 100,000 rand will have to be paid upfront. The remaning 900,000 rand as a guarantee and suret. Nair also added that the parlaympian athlete was granted bail because he did not think he had a propensity for violence.
The next court date is set for June 4
Pistorius, 26, has been charged with premeditated murder of his model girlfriend Reena Steenkamp. Pistorius sad the killing wasn’t premeditated because he thought the 29-year-old model was an intruder.
Prosecutor Gerrie Nel has accused the Paralympian athlete of firing four shots to kill and rejected Pistorius’ claims that he did it to defend himself. Prosecutor Nel said: ”I always find it astonishing that two parties can have such diverse arguments about one set of facts,” he said. “We argue with respect, but with conviction that no court will agree that the accused acted in self-defence.”
Pistorius is defending himself from the charges of premeditated murder saying he did not plan to kill the 29-year-old model, but had “planned” to shoot a supposed intruder inside his Pretoria home. Pistorius’ coach, Ampie Louw, says he’s considering putting Pistorius back in training if he’s bailed to allow him to “get his mind kind of clear.”