South African justice ordered Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius to be released on bail after being convicted on appeal last week for the murder of his girlfriend in 2013.
Pistorius, who is not yet fixated on his sentence, is ” released on bail, the bail is set at 10,000 rand ” ($ 690), announced the judge Aubrey Ledwaba to the High Court of Pretoria. His release on bail is subject to several conditions, including house arrest at his uncle’s home in Pretoria, with permission to leave between 7 am and noon within 20 kilometers of the house. He will also be subject to electronic control and must submit his passport to justice, the judge said.
” To the extent that he went to court, he proved that there was no risk of him escaping, ” said the judge to justify his decision. ” The next hearing is scheduled for April 16, 2016, ” he said. Pistorius, wearing a black tie suit and white shirt, welcomed the judge’s decision, standing with his hands crossed behind his back.
In the first instance, the six-time gold medalist aged 29 was found guilty of ” manslaughter ” and sentenced to 5 years in prison. But last Thursday, the Supreme Court of Appeal amended the verdict, re-qualifying the crime of murder, punishable by at least 15 years in prison. Pistorius is now waiting to be fixed on his new sentence.
Now considered a murderer, he had to apply for bail to have a chance to escape prison until his new sentence was handed down. Pistorius is currently serving a five-year prison sentence under house arrest on his uncle’s property.
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