UPDATE: Pistorius granted bail until October
OSCAR PISTORIUS has been granted bail by the judge until October when she will deliver the sentencing.
Although the state opposed the application and stated that Pistorius had sold his properties in order to leave South Africa and avoid sentencing.
Judge Masiposaid that“With regards to why the property was sold, I am of the view that the explanation is satisfactory. However, in my view that if the state had any reason to suspect that there was any other reason for the properties to be sold and the accused to take flight,then the state should have taken action long ago.”
She added, “I grant the accused the bail application.”
A relieved Pistorius, immediately turned to speak to his Aunt Lois and hugged his sister Aimee.
The courts will return in the middle of October.
OSCAR PISTORIUS has been found guilty of manslaughter for shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on February 14, 2013.
The court in Pretoria, sat in silence as Judge Masipo gave her verdict this morning, after saying “A reasonable person, therefore, in the position of the accused with similar disabilities would have foreseen that the possibility that whoever was behind the door might be killed by the shots, and would have taken steps to avoid the consequences and the accused in this matter failed to take those consequences.”
The athlete showed little emotion as the guilty verdict of culpable homicide was read out, which is South Africa’s equivalent of manslaughter. His sister Amy hugged him as his family gave him all their support after the verdict was read.
Sentencing will be announced soon, with culpable homicide (manslaughter) holding no minimum sentence and a maximum sentence of 15 years.
Pistorius was also found guilty of discharging a firearm at Tashas restaurant in Pretoria, but was acquitted of firing a gun through the car sunroof with his friend Darren Fresco.
The double amputee was cleared of two murder charges over the shooting yesterday.