South African paralympic athlete, Oscar Pistorius, has been granted bail while he awaits sentence for murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp in 2013.
Oscar Pistorius’s manslaughter charge was changed last week to a murder charge, after he had only served a year of his 5 year sentence. This means the South Africa athlete now faces minimum sentence of 15 years’ imprisonment, if he fails in a bid to overturn his conviction.
However, he won’t be spending any more time in jail as he was granted bail earlier today by a court in South Africa.
The bail was been set at 10,000 rand ($700, £450) as Oscar Pistorius was deemed not to be a flight risk by Judge Audrey Ledwaba, who approved his bail applications.
His bail conditions states that he will be electronically tagged and has to hand over his passport. Other conditions includes being restricted from leaving the house between 07:00 and midday and limited to traveling only within a 20km (12 miles) radius. Furthermore, he can only leave home by informing an investigating officer and is not allowed to leave the magisterial district.
However, there seems to be a little controversy because his bail application revealed that he had enrolled to study “a BSc business with law degree” at the London School of Economics. The university does not offer that degree or correspondence courses. This raised some questions about the legal system in South Africa and might lead to the cancellation of his bail.