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Pistorius ban on drink, drugs challenged

2013-03-28 11:39

Pretoria - A bail condition that Oscar Pistorius not be charged with violence against women was challenged by his lawyer in the North Gauteng High Court on Thursday.

"The contravention is not whether you are guilty or not guilty, it is whether you have been charged," said advocate Barry Roux.

"We've seen in our lifetime many false charges."

He was challenging condition 3(i) of Pistorius's bail conditions set ahead of his release on 22 February by Magistrate Desmond Nair, following his arrest for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his home.

Roux also contested the total ban on alcohol and banned drugs.

"I've never seen this condition in my life," said Roux, submitting that Pistorius did not use drugs, but that there was no factual basis for this condition.

He also challenged a condition that Pistorius not go back to his house at Silverwoods Estate – the scene of the fatal shooting on 14 February.

"The accused can't be stopped to go back to his house indefinitely."

They needed to speak to witnesses and suggested that the condition be only for 30 days.

"It's Pistorius's house, and he wants to go back," said Roux.

Judge Bert Bam said he had a problem because this did not form part of the order handed down by Nair.

Roux proposed that to lift the travel ban imposed on Pistorius, Pistorius's travel documents be given to the investigating officer and he would only give them back under controlled circumstances - with a full itinerary.

Earlier, Roux said the defence only accepted the bail conditions set on February 22 because it was late and a Friday, and regarded them as temporary.

Pistorius was not present for the appeal.

He said during the bail application that he thought there was an intruder in the toilet cubicle when he fired into it. He was horrified afterwards to find that he had shot Steenkamp.

Comments
  • nhlapop - 2013-03-28 11:52

    If I was Oscar, I would have keep quiet and let law take its own course and prepare the trial. What he did is unacceptable and state including our criminal system already failed us.

      camp.j - 2013-03-28 12:29

      I was always under the impression that banned drugs was a crime on it's own? How could this ever form part of a bail condition? Is this similar to saying "the condition is unfair and you may continue taking banned drugs?"

  • Joe Black - 2013-03-28 12:00

    Whether Roux had seen it or not it was part of his bail conditions which they gladly accepted

  • Gerald Beer - 2013-03-28 12:10

    If Oscar doesn't take drugs why are they so up in arms that he is not allowed to take banned drugs.

  • Donovan Hendricks - 2013-03-28 12:12

    Ag shame allow the man to suip,he needs to drown his sorrows.

  • Brad Herbert - 2013-03-28 12:13

    I thought it was illegal to take banned drugs?? WTF are they arguing about on this one? I would love to see the outcome to that.

  • Charl Malan - 2013-03-28 12:14

    Yaaaaaaaawn

  • Jack Frost - 2013-03-28 12:28

    Not good PR. Suggests, falsely one hope, that cravings for drugs and female abuse are becoming uncontrolable.

  • ChrisHolloway - 2013-03-28 12:30

    Which dof lawyer wants the banned drug ban lifted??? Money money money...

  • Ferdi Preller - 2013-03-28 12:31

    If he has 3 bottles of brandy per day at his uncle's house...who will know? This is just a moneymaking racket by his law reps! Stay at home boet, chill and wait for the trial-don't go and try to be a wise crack! Accept the facts on the table. Nuff said!

  • Paddy Mmanoko Mathekga - 2013-03-28 12:40

    Shup up Oscar please. If you regret killing Reeva please, please shut up and mourn her death. Please my boy.

  • Yolanda Abrahams - 2013-03-28 12:41

    Shame

  • lionel.schultz.1 - 2013-03-28 12:52

    Shoot someone three times whether it was an accident or murder and just carry on with life as normal as though this event never happened. Some piece of work OP is which does not say anything positively about his character.

  • Adele Coetzee - 2013-03-28 13:10

    And he won his appeal. Go figure. Now he can drink, use drugs, and whatever else. Just shows u what money can do!!!!!!

      Irene Kambo - 2013-03-28 14:12

      Thank you Mr Bam thank you . Go Oscar! There are people who do not judge you until proven guilty!

  • Paul Georgeades - 2013-03-28 13:13

    I wouldn't want to go back to my home where my girlfriend was murdered,all that memories coming back. I would rather sell or whatever.....

  • Michael Adair Taggart - 2013-03-28 13:35

    He must go to jail as he has murdered his Girlfriend. Oscar is getting treated like an King, I dont want to see him run again and I'm sure I'm not the only one!! There has got to be something wrong with him if he wants to move back into his house, if that was me I would sell the house, maybe he has left some coke behind!! :-)

  • Luke Swart - 2013-03-28 13:45

    And the money starts talking... Does anyone still expect to see a fair trial? I think not

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