As it happened: Pistorius bailed

Key points

  • Oscar Pistorius has been granted bail by magistrate Desmond Nair
  • The magistrate set bail at 1m rand. Mr Pistorius must hand over his passport and report to police twice a week
  • The magistrate rejected prosecution arguments that there was a risk Mr Pistorius might abscond and bail should be refused
  • The athlete denies murder, saying he shot Reeva Steenkamp thinking she was an intruder at his home
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  • Chris Summers 

Last updated 22 February 2013


Welcome to our live coverage of day four of court proceedings in South Africa, where a judge is expected to rule whether Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius, accused of murdering his girlfriend, can be released on bail. Stay with us for the latest updates in text, video and pictures, plus analysis from the BBC's correspondents, and the best of the comment on social media and via email.


Legal journalist Karyn Maughan tweets: "Barry Roux reaches out to #OscarPistorius and grabs his hand. 'You're going to (be) okay". Oscar: 'Thank you sir'."


Mandy Wiener tweets: "Magistrate greets Pistorius and then everyone else. The Blade Runner takes his seat and looks up, eyes shifting around."


The BBC's Andrew Harding quotes Mr Nel in this tweet: "Reeva in toilet - why did she not shout "what's going on?.. Improbable" version from #OscarPistorius who now fighting sobs behind me."


Reporter Aldrin Sampear quotes Mr Nel in his tweet: "We agree the applicant cried, was emotional, we agreed he said he thought it was a burglar, But remorse is expected."


The Guardian's David Smith tweets: "Nel: 'I'm not saying the murder of Reeva Steenkamp was planned days in advance. It was planned that night'."


There's more on the details of the conflicting accounts of the prosecution and the defence in the case thus far in this piece from BBC News.


The BBC's Peter Biles, who is outside the court, said Mr Pistorius' coach Ampie Louw has released a statement in which he said: "Oscar is heartbroken. He is just a boy."


Mr Louw said he was considering putting Mr Pistorius back in training if he is granted bail to allow him to "get his mind kind of clear", according to the Associated Press. But he said he realised the athlete might not be emotionally ready to return to the track.