Don't treat Pistorius differently - Nel

2013-02-22 12:06
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Pretoria - Oscar Pistorius's disability does not make him different from anyone else accused of a crime, prosecutor Gerrie Nel said at the athlete's bail application in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Friday.

"The fact that he has prostheses does not make him different. If somebody with a disability commits a crime, we don't see it differently," he said.

"If this applicant can live in South Africa with his prostheses, he can live anywhere," he said.

Flight risk

Nel was repeating that he thought Pistorius was a flight risk.

He had not admitted he "used" a house in Italy, after this was revealed in a magazine article.

The court had heard argument on Thursday over whether he owned the house or not, as the State used this as evidence of him being a flight risk.

Magistrate Desmond Nair said that if a person used prostheses and was looked for everywhere, they would have to keep this hidden, by wearing trousers for example.

"We say the court should refuse bail," said Nel.

New investigating officer

Meanwhile, the new investigating officer in the case made a brief appearance at the court.

National police commissioner Riah Phiyega announced on Thursday that the current investigating officer and State witness Warrant Officer Hilton Botha would be removed from the investigating team.

Lieutenant General Vineshkumar Moonoo replaced him as leader of the team after it emerged that Botha faces attempted murder charges.

Court was then adjourned for lunch.

-See News24's Pistorius Special Report.

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