Oscar Pistorius Released on $692 Bail After Murder Conviction in Death of Girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp
A South African judge on Tuesday released Oscar Pistorius on bail, allowing him to remain under house arrest while he awaits sentencing for the murder of girlfriendReeva Steenkamp, according to multiple reports.
The release comes less than a week after South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal convicted the former Olympian of murder, overturning a lower court’s conviction of manslaughter in the 2013 death of Steenkamp.
Judge Aubrey Ledwaba, of North Gauteng High Court, granted the double-amputee bail of $692 and set an April 18 sentencing date, the Associated Press reports. Under house arrest at his uncle’s home, the 29-year-old will be placed under electronic monitoring and will only be permitted to leave the home between 7 a.m. and 12 p.m.
Meanwhile, Pistorius’ legal team plans to appeal the murder conviction – which carried a minimum 15-year prison sentence – in South Africa’s Constitutional Court, according to the AP.
The defense has 15 days to submit appeal papers to the Constitutional Court, per the AP.
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Pistorius will not be permitted to travel more than 20 kilometers from his uncle’s mansion and must turn over his passport, the New York Times reports.
Pistorius shot and killed Steenkamp – a model and law school graduate – through the bathroom door of his hone on Valentine’s Day in 2013.
The athlete maintains that he thought Steenkamp was an intruder when her shot her, but the prosecution holds that he killed her during an argument.
Pistorius has been on house arrest since October, after serving one year of a five-year prison sentence for the manslaughter conviction.