Confusion about Pistorious check-in

By Drum Digital
25 February 2013

It was unclear by midday on Monday whether murder-accused paralympian Oscar Pistorius would check-in at the Brooklyn Police Station, in Pretoria, as had been widely reported since Friday.

Journalists were divided about whether chief magistrate Desmond Nair had ordered Pistorius to report to the police station when he granted him bail in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Friday.

Scores of journalists gathered outside the police station from around 6am on Monday, anticipating the arrival of Pistorius. Around midday, the journalists debated among themselves who had heard Nair pronounce on Pistorius' bail.

Some journalists went back to their cars to listen to last week's recordings. Convinced that Pistorius would not turn up at the police station, some journalists elected to leave.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Medupe Simasiku was not immediately available for comment.

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 there was an intruder in his house when he fired the shots.

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.

His next court appearance is on June 4.

-by Sapa

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