Paralympian has requested bail, with court in Pretoria set to decide shortly.
The various different outcomes of Oscar Pistorius’s bail hearing are discussed by legal expert Carl Pieter Fourie.
The Paralympian is currently awaiting the outcome of his appeal for bail in a court in Pretoria.
“If the accused is granted bail, there will be an amount fixed to be paid in respect of such bail,” said Fourie, councillor for the South African Law Society.
“There will in all probability be conditions attached to the bail, like for example, handing in his passport, not being permitted to interfere with any state witnesses etcetera, etcetera. Those conditions will be considered by the presiding officer in the context of the facts of this particular matter, and then imposed.”
“If bail is not granted, the accused will be held in jail as an awaiting-trial prisoner until the completion of the trial,” Fourie added.
“But the effect of bail is, that pending the finalisation of the trial, the accused will be released from custody. And the effect of not being given bail is that the accused will be held in custody, pending the finalisation of the trial.”