Lawyer: Pistorius unlikely to flee

2013-02-21 14:56
Oscar Pistorius's brother Carl hugs his father, Henke, during the athlete's bail hearing in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court. (Alexander Joe, AFP)

Oscar Pistorius's brother Carl hugs his father, Henke, during the athlete's bail hearing in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court. (Alexander Joe, AFP)

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Pretoria - It is unlikely that Oscar Pistorius will flee the country, his counsel Barry Roux told the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

"It does not accord with common sense that a well-known person would run away," he said.

Cricket bat

In argument in favour of bail, Roux referred to a cricket bat found on the crime scene.

He submitted that it would be relevant only if were found to have caused injuries on the body of Pistorius's dead girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Pistorius has denied a charge of murdering Steenkamp, and has said he thought a burglar was in the toilet when he shot through the door, killing her.

Roux argued that there was evidently no significant information from cellphone records the police had sent for analysis.

The investigating officer Hilton Botha had told the court he expected to be notified if something important came up, but had not been told of anything.

Roux said of the State's case: "There was nothing. There was just nothing."

- See News24's Pistorius Special Report.

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