Pistorius has reported to authorities

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Murder accused Oscar Pistorius. File photo: Reuters

Johannesburg - Murder-accused paralympian Oscar Pistorius 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.

However, she would not say where he reported.

“(Oscar) takes this trial very seriously. He takes the conditions very 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' bail conditions included he report to authorities on Mondays and Fridays between 7am and 1pm.

She said according to Pistorius' 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 waiting for Pistorius to arrive but he was not seen.

The 2012 Paralympics 400m gold medallist had spent his first weekend at home, after being held for eight days at the Brooklyn police station.

He is charged with murdering his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, who was shot at his home in Pretoria on February 14.

In an affidavit submitted as part of his application for bail, Pistorius said he had thought there was an intruder in his house when he fired the shots.

After listening to extensive argument, Nair ruled that the sprinter was not a flight risk, and that the State had not shown that he had a propensity for violence.

Pistorius was granted bail of R1 million. He was allowed to pay an initial instalment of R100 000, with the balance due by March 1.

The conditions of bail included that Pistorius not be charged with any offence relating to violence against women; not return to his home in 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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