Pistorius reports to officials

ND Oscar Pistorius INLSA Oscar Pistorius at the Pretoria Magistrates Court.

Oscar Pistorius, accused of murder, reported to a correctional facility on Monday morning in accordance with his bail conditions, a family spokeswoman said.

“I confirmed with his Uncle Arnold that he did report to authorities,” Lunice Johnston said.

Johnston would not say where Pistorius reported.

“(Oscar) takes this trial seriously. He takes the conditions seriously and he will comply with all those conditions,” she said.

“He does not want to do anything to impede his case. He is committed to the legal process.”

Johnston confirmed that Pistorius’s bail conditions included he report to authorities on Mondays and Fridays between 7am and 1pm.

She said that according to Pistorius’s uncle, Arnold Pistorius, the matter was no longer in the hands of police but in the hands of Correctional Services.

Scores of journalists spent the morning waiting outside the Brooklyn police station in Pretoria for Pistorius to arrive, but did not see him.

Pistorius faces a charge of murder after the death of his girlfriend, model and law graduate, Reeva Steenkamp, 29, in a shooting at his home in Pretoria on February 14.

In an affidavit submitted to the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court during his application for bail, Pistorius said he had thought there was an intruder when he fired the shots.

After listening to extensive argument, chief magistrate Desmond Nair ruled that the sprinter was not a flight risk, and the State had not shown he had a propensity for violence. Pistorius was granted bail of R1 million. He made an initial payment of R100 000, with the balance due by March 1.

The conditions of bail include that Pistorius not be charged with any offence relating to violence against women; not return to his home at the Silver Woods Country Estate; not apply for travel documents; and not take banned substances or alcohol.

His next court appearance is on June 4. – Sapa



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