Pistorius bail conditions appeal starts

By Drum Digital
28 March 2013

The High Court in Pretoria began hearing murder accused paralympian Oscar Pistorius' appeal against his bail conditions at 10am on Thursday.

"The conditions amount to house arrest," Pistorius's advocate Barry Roux told Judge Bert Bam after proceedings began.

The conditions for Pistorius's release were set after his arrest for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on February 14.

Pistorius, who was not required to be present for the application, has said he thought there was an intruder in the bathroom when he shot into it, killing Steenkamp.

Roux submitted on Thursday that Bam had the discretion to alter the conditions that Pistorius had issues with.

They related to the travel ban on the international athlete, a ban on alcohol and other prohibited substances, and that he not be charged with violence against women.

Pistorius also wanted clarity on when he could go to his home, the scene of the shooting at Silverwoods Estate in Pretoria.

Pistorius was not insensitive to the case, Roux continued.

"The court stated that it was a serious case. Of course it's a serious case," he said.

However, he submitted that the court should determine cases according to the facts.

He said the court was correct when saying Pistorius was not a flight risk.

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-by Sapa

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