Oscar Pistorius granted bail, gets tagged – As it happened
Murder-convicted Paralympian Oscar Pistorius was electronically tagged on Tuesday following his successful bail application.
Pistorius arrived at the Correctional Services’s Poynton Building in the Pretoria CBD at 14:00.
At 15:00, correctional services told media outside the building that Pistorius had left through a back entrance.
While our journalists Lizeka Tandwa and Naledi Shange wait for Oscar Pistorius to exit the Poynton building in Pretoria, News24 spoke to a legal expert to discuss the possibility of the Constitutional Court overturning the SCA’s new ruling.
“I would love to see their application [to the Constitutional Court]. Some people are saying they will focus on his right to a fair trial, but they are bound by the judgment handed down by [SCA justice Eric] Leach,” said Marius Du Toit, a defence lawyer and former prosecutor.
“I somehow think the Constitutional Court is not going to willy nilly grant leave to appeal. They could say ‘Sorry guys, we are not interested’.”
WRAP: The High Court in Pretoria granted murder convicted former Paralympian Oscar Pistorius bail of R10 000 on Tuesday.
The conditions of his bail are: he will only be allowed to travel within a radius of 20km around his uncle’s Waterkloof home, where he was previously serving under correctional supervision for his original sentence of culpable homicide; he must be electronically monitored; he will be allowed to leave the home between 07:00 and midday, and will need written permission from the investigating officer to leave the house outside of those hours.
Pistorius, wearing a black suit and white shirt, appeared calm in the courtroom.
The matter was postponed to April 18.
Case postponed to April 18, 2016. Bail of R10 000. Must be paid before December 11.
Conditions: Must appear at 09:00 at high court on postponement date. The accused must submit to house arrest and may leave the house between 07:00-12:00.
OP has confirmed that he submitted an affidavit voluntarily.
Judge Ledwaba says he is considering an order where OP can leave the house but within a certain radius.
Nel suggests that he not be permitted to leave the magisterial district.
Now the judge wants to know how big the district is. Roux guesses that it’s about 30KMs.
Judge asks why the condition for house arrest was changed and Nel says it was because of his community service for culpable homicide but now this was different (because of the murder conviction).
Nel responds that knowing where the accused would be throughout the day sways them not to oppose bail.