Oscar Pistorius granted bail as British broadcasters focus on South Africa

Live feeds from the courtroom ran on TV, radio and online as the Paralympic athlete was released from custody

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Oscar Pistorius granted bail as British broadcasters focus on South Africa
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Paul Jones

Broadcasters across Britain streamed live coverage from inside the Pretoria courtroom where murder suspect Oscar Pistorius was told this afternoon that he will be allowed to leave custody on bail.

The BBC News channel, Sky News and BBC Radio 5 Live provided live audio coverage throughout the hearing as South Africa's Chief Magistrate Desmond Nair prepared to announce his decision.

Live streams on Sky and BBC websites also carried the coverage, as Mr Nair told the court he had been unable to establish any of the factors required for refusing bail.

The decision was met with shouts of "Yes!" and a smattering of applause from some of those present.

The annoucement came later than expected, with Mr Nair first talking at length about the background to the case and South Africa's laws on granting bail, before finally concluding that Pistorius was not a "flight risk".

Pistorius must pay bail of South African R100,000 plus a further R900,000 as a guarantee of sureity. According to the terms of the bail, he must stay at an undisclosed location and is not permitted to return home or to have contact with any residents at the complex where he lives.

He is not allowed to leave South Africa and will have his passport taken away and must report to Brooklyn police station between every Monday and Friday.

The Paralympic and Olympic athlete has been charged with the premeditated murder of his girlfriend Eva Steenkamp, who was shot dead at Pistorius's home on Valentine's Day.

The case has been adjourned until the 4 June.

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