PISTORIUS WANTS BAIL CONDITIONS EASED – Sunday March 10 2013

– South African paralympian Oscar Pistorius, accused of murdering his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day, is seeking to have his bail conditions relaxed so that he can travel abroad, reports say.
Lawyers for the sprint star will ask for his ban on foreign travel to be lifted, along with mandatory alcohol and drug tests, eNCA news channel said.
The lawyers argue that Mr Pistorius – who says the shooting of Reeva Steenkamp was a tragic accident – is not a flight risk.
The papers requesting an easing of bail conditions were reportedly filed with the North Gauteng High Court on Friday. Mr Pistorius’ lawyer Kenny Oldwage refused to comment.
Mr Pistorius, 26, has also reportedly asked for the blanket ban on talking to residents of his gated community to be lifted and for him to be able to return to the house where Ms Steenkamp was shot.
The papers were reported to say there is no desire by the appellant to use any prohibited substance or alcohol but the condition was unfair and asked he be allowed to travel internationally, with police permission.
Mr Pistorius’ agent Peet van Zyl said he was not aware of Mr Pistorius’ desire to travel, adding that his participation in overseas competitions had been cancelled. He also said that Mr Pistorius had not restarted training.
The athlete was granted bail on February 22nd after paying a bond of 1 million rand ($A107,711).
Prosecutors have charged Mr Pistorius with the premeditated murder of his 29-year-old girlfriend and he is due back in court in June.
The double-amputee admits shooting Ms Steenkamp repeatedly through a locked bathroom door, but says he mistook her for an intruder.
Ms Steenkamp’s family is meanwhile mulling legal action against the sprinter, their lawyer said.
Lawyer Mike Venter said a civil claim was being considered against him. But a source close to the family said no decision had yet been taken. The Steenkamp family have kept low profile since their daughter’s death.
A detective who bungled the initial investigation into the case resigned on Wednesday. Hilton Botha was one of the police force’s most experienced detectives, with a 22-year career. But during Mr Pistorius’ bail hearing last month, his evidence was repeatedly picked apart by the defence.
In an interview with The Times of South Africa, Mr Botha said the investigation was above board, in line with the best international policing practices…We worked with what we had and did the best we could.
Mr Botha told The Times that the bail hearing is like a poker game. You cannot show all your cards. It was meant to be a bail hearing, not a trial within a trial. There are certain things that happened and what was said in court did not happen.
Mr Botha faces attempted murder charges stemming from a 2011 incident in which he shot at a vehicle.
He said if the bail hearing had been handled properly, he wouldn’t have been asked so many questions. “At bail applications you do not have all the information such as forensics.” – AFP, USA Today

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