Photographers take photos of Oscar Pistorius as he stands in the dock during his bail hearing at the magistrates court in Pretoria, South Africa.
The supporters in the courtroom shouted “Yes!” when Chief Magistrate Desmond Nair ruled today that Oscar Pistorius be freed on 1 million rand bail ($114,000), the AP reports. Pistorius was ordered by the judge to turn in his guns and passports, and not to return to his home where the killing took place. His next court appearance is set for June 4.
3. Here’s how the ruling went down:
#OscarPistorius defence team and father now in court. A hush. And in comes the athlete.— andrew harding
#OscarPistorius enters court to the sound of a thousand clicks.— Adriaan Basson
Prosecutor says Pistorius should have testified. Should have spoken to the court.— Michelle Kosinski
Oscar Pistorius’ account of how events unfolded at his home on Valentine’s Day
Oscar struggling to hold back tears, shaking and jaw clenched, as prosecutor describes Reeva in the toilet. #Pistorius— Lydia Polgreen
The prosecution again has a gentle dig at the blade runner for choosing to make his statement in writing #OscarPistorius— Kate Forbes
Prosecutor: Oscar Pistorius version of events improbable. State case based on objective facts. I think he’s a flight risk. (@BBCAndrewH)— BuzzFeed News
Defense describing the frantic effort he says Pistorius made to save Reeva’s life. Pistorius is sobbing as he hears this. (@AlexCrawfordSky)— BuzzFeed News
And arguments… Are over!!!!! Time for judge to rule!!— Michelle Kosinski
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