Oscar Pistorius Granted Bail
- Updated: February 22, 2013
February 22, 2013 — Oscar Pistorius was granted bail, due to a number of problems with the police investigation into the death of the Olympic sprinter’s girlfriend.
“I come to the conclusion that the accused has made a case to be released on bail,” said Chief Magistrate Desmond Nair, eliciting a celebratory cry of “Yes!” from the courtroom. Nair said the former chief investigator in the case, Hilton Botha, had made “several errors and concessions” during his testimony. Specifics of Pistorius’ release have not yet been announced. The decision comes at the end of a four-day bail hearing that has been remarkable for not only its length, but also its allegations of miscues by a lead police investigator who himself faces attempted murder charges. (CNN)
Desmond Nair announced the former chief investigator in the case, Hilton Botha, had made “several errors and concessions” during his testimony. Oscar Pistorius is facing murder charges for his 2013 Valentines Day shooting of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, 29. There has not yet been information in regards to the errors.
Pistorius made history last year as the first disabled athlete to compete in the able-bodied London Games. A few weeks after the Olympics, he smashed a record to win the men’s 400-meter in the 2012 Paralympic Games.
When Pistorius was 11 months old, his legs were amputated below the knees because he was missing the fibulae.