BLADE RUNNER Oscar Pistorius sobs as he is granted bail

Pistorius cries during the bail hearing

Pistorius cries during the bail hearing (Antoine De Ras/Independent via AP)


Oscar Pistorius was granted bail today in a South African court, meaning he can be released from jail for the six to eight months before his trial for the allegedly premeditated killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Magistrate Desmond Nair, in reading his lengthy decision, said, “The issue before me is whether this accused, being who is and the assets he has [here], would seek to duck and dive all over the world.” He concluded, “I cannot find that he is a flight risk.”

Nair said, “The accused has made a case to be released on bail.”

The judge also said he had to weigh whether Pistorius would be a danger to others. He noted that Pistorius has been accused of using foul language against people in arguments and once threatened to break someone’s legs, but he said that was different from someone with an arrest record of violence.

“I appreciate that a person is dead, but I don’t think that is enough,” he said.

I am not surprised that Pistorius made bail. After it was revealed yesterday that the lead detective on the case, Hilton Botha, is facing attempted murder charges himself, the prosecution’s case seems to be falling apart. Now I am even questioning if Pistorius will be convicted. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out. My heart wants to believe that this was just a tragic, unfortunate accident. But I still feel there is more to the story. Only Oscar Pistorius knows the truth. We all can only speculate.


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