SOUTH AFRICA: The bail application of murder-accused paralympian Oscar Pistorius is scheduled to be heard in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court today.
Pistorius was arrested at his Pretoria home early on Thursday morning, after the fatal shooting of his 29-year-old girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
There is also expected to be clarity today on whether the crime he is charged with falls under section five or six of the act.
Under the act, where an accused is charged with a ‘serious’ or schedule five offence, he may be released only if he produces evidence to satisfy the court that the interests of justice permit his release.
Where an accused is been charged with an ‘extremely serious’ schedule six offence, he may be released only if he produces evidence to satisfy the court that exceptional circumstances exist which, in the interests of justice, permit his release.