Media awaits Pistorious check-in

By Drum Digital
25 February 2013

Journalists arrived at the Brooklyn Police Station, in Pretoria, on Monday morning in anticipation of the arrival of murder-accused paralympian Oscar Pistorius.

The athlete is expected to report to the small police station as part of his stringent bail conditions, which were set down by chief magistrate Desmond Nair in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Friday.

Before 10am, local and international news crews had parked several vehicles including outside broadcast vans, along the busy Duxbury road, outside the police station.

Some journalists erected tents and gazebos with generators for back-up power outside the police station. Passing motorists slowed down, and a few asked if Pistorius had already checked in.

Pistorius was released on bail on Friday. As a condition of bail, he was ordered to report to the Brooklyn Police Station twice a week, on Mondays and Fridays.

The 2012 Paralympics 400m gold medallist has spent his first weekend at home, after being held for eight days at the Brooklyn police station.

He is charged with murdering his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, who was shot at his home in Pretoria on February 14.

In an affidavit submitted as part of his application for bail, Pistorius said he had thought Steenkamp was an intruder.

After listening to extensive argument, Nair ruled that the sprinter was not a flight risk, and that the State had not shown that he had a propensity for violence.

Pistorius was granted bail of R1 million. He was allowed to pay an initial instalment of R100,000, with the balance due by March 1.

The conditions of bail included that Pistorius not be charged with any offence relating to violence against women; not return to his home in Silver Woods country estate; not apply for travel documents; and not take banned substances or alcohol.

He would live at an undisclosed address until his next court appearance on June 4.

-by Sapa

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