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Oscar Pistorius has been granted bail after South African Magistrate, Desmond Nair, following a mammoth summing up, concluded he wasn't a flight risk.

Pistorius has been charged with murder of his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp after the paralympic athlete shot her through a toilet door in his home.

Police officer Hilton Botha claimed that Pistorius knew Steenkamp was in the bathroom when he shot through the door and killed her reports The Guardian. Both added he thought there was “no way” it was self-defence from an imagined burglar.

However, after cross-examination from defence lawyer Barry Roux, Botha admitted acknowledged he couldn't find anything at the crime scene inconsistent with Pistorius's accidental shooting version of events.

In summing up Nair said that state had failed to prove that Pistorius would pose a flight risk, however he did say there was a case to answer, even going so far as to speculate as to inconsistencies in Pistorius's defence.

Nair said that did not think the prosecution had sufficiently proved that Pistorius had a "propensity for violence," nor Nair said, did he think the prosecution’s case was sufficiently strong that the only course of action open to Pistorius on his release would be to flee.

The trial is expected to take place in the Spring.

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Oscar Pistorius granted bail: State failed to prove Paralympic icon was a flight risk
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