Pistorius Granted Bail in Murder Case

February 22, 2013, Friday // 07:45
Bulgaria: Pistorius Granted Bail in Murder Case
Pistorius, 26, was the first double amputee to take part in the Olympics. Photo by BGNES

A South African judge on Friday granted bail for Oscar Pistorius, the double amputee track star accused of murdering his girlfriend.

Magistrate Desmond Nair said the state had not made a case that he would flee, or that he had a violent character.

Bail was set at ZAR 1 M (USD 112 000). Pistorius was also ordered to hand over his passport, stay in South Africa and not enter any international airports.

The next hearing in the case has been set for 4 June, BBC informs.

The prominent athlete has claimed that he did not have any intention to kill his girlfriend, 29-year-old Reeva Steenkamp.

Pistorius has stated that he had heard a noise in the bathroom and felt "a sense of terror" on the night he fatally shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, insisting he thought someone had broken into his home.

The 26-year-old suspect was the first double amputee to run in the Olympics.

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