Pistorius was released after paying the bail
South Africa, February 22, 2013
Judge Desmond Nair granted bail to Oscar Pistorius, accused of murdering his girlfriend, the model Reeva Steenkamp.
This decision was announced after four postponements and over an hour of explanation.
The judge explained that “so far, there’s only circumstantial evidence, but it is not sufficient to impose a bond for premeditated murder. The only person who really knows what happened is the defendant. I’m not here to judge the defendant as guilty of premeditated murder. The deposit is not about guilt or innocence.”
The judge reviewed all the details of the process after a one-hour speech in which he spoke of the reasons for the prosecution to charge Pistorius of premeditated murder, the defense of the athlete and several points on the judicial history of South Africa.
Prosecutors charged him from the first moment, version denied by the Paralympic athlete who argued before the judge that “I heard in the night a noise in the bathroom, I thought it was burglar”
“I fired a shot at the bathroom door and yelled at Reeva to call the police, I returned to bed, and did not see her. Then I placed the prosthesis, broke the bathroom door with a cricket bat, and found her still alive, so I took her to the ground floor of the house to take her to hospital. She died in my arms. “