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Pretoria - Oscar Pistorius should have taken the court into his confidence by choosing to testify at his bail hearing, prosecutor Gerrie Nel said as the athlete's bail application continued at the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Friday.
“He has the right,” said Nel.
“Pistorius could have given his version of the shooting of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, not just by an affidavit, and been tested on his version of events.”
Nel said Pistorius did not appreciate the seriousness of the crime.
"I have not seen anywhere... I haven't heard that 'I admit I've caused a death unlawfully.'"
Pistorius has denied deliberately shooting Steenkamp on February 14 and has said he thought there was a burglar when he fired shots at a toilet door, killing her.
"The way I read his affidavit: 'I've done nothing wrong.' .... What we read is: 'Give me my passport. Let me go out, carry on with my career.' That's business as usual."
"To find his version probable, one must stretch."
"That is why we say it increases the flight risk of releasing this person on bail."
Pistorius has been charged with murder, which he denies.
Nel said that not volunteering to surrender his passport to show he was not a flight risk showed “it was business as usual” for Pistorius. - Sapa, AFP