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S.African athlete Pistorius granted bail

Oscar Pistorious

Oscar Pistorius

South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius has been granted bail while he awaits sentence for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013.

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.

What next for Pistorius?

The date set for the sentencing hearing has been set for 18 April.

The minimum sentence for murder is 15 years, but the judge does have the discretion to lower it.

Can he appeal?

Yes, but only if his lawyers are convinced that the appeal judges violated his constitutional rights.

So it is a high threshold, and hard to meet.

Is this the end of Pistorius’ professional athletics career?

Almost certainly.

He is 29, and will be past his prime by the time he is freed.

It is also unlikely that advertisers would want to sponsor him, as the Pistorius brand is now tainted.


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