Oscar shuns home

2013-03-30 00:00

ALTHOUGH the high court in Pretoria ruled that there are no bail conditions that prevent Oscar Pistorius from entering the house in which he shot Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day, there is little chance that he will move back.

One of Pistorius’s attorneys, Brian Webber, said this week that his client would probably not go back to the house on the Silver Woods estate in Pretoria.

Medupe Simasiku, spokesperson for the Directorate of Public Prosecutions, said he could not comment on acting judge Bert Bam’s relaxing of the bail conditions that governed Pistorius’s life for the past month, adding that the office would rather focus on investigating Steenkamp’s death.

“The investigation is progressing well and should be finalised soon. It is, however, still too early to say how strong the state’s case is against the accused, but we will get the docket as soon as the investigation is completed,” he said.

Simasiku said he believed Pistorius would obey the “remaining” bail conditions, but that the state would ensure that he does not interfere with the investigation or witnesses.

At Thursday’s proceedings, the media contingent focused on photographing Captain Mike van Aardt, who heads the investigation into the circumstances surrounding the shooting of Steenkamp while she was on the toilet in Pistorius’s home on February 14. Steenkamp died in Pistorius’s arms. He said he thought she was a burglar.

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