Oscar Pistorius out on £457 bail, to appeal murder conviction at constitutional court

South Africa’s Paralympic gold medallist Oscar Pistorius plans to appeal his conviction for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at the constitutional court, his lawyer said on Tuesday.
Pistorius has been granted bail pending his sentencing. He will remain under house arrest until that sentencing hearing in April next year, though he will be permitted to leave the house for certain periods.
The amount of his bail is just 10,000 rand, or £457.
Judge Aubrey Ledwaba said that Pistorius had “proven that he is not a flight risk”.
His lawyer Barry Roux said during the application for bail on the murder conviction that the athlete would appeal the Supreme Court ruling at the country’s top court. It was not immediately clear on what ground the appeal would be based on.
Known as “Blade Runner” because of the carbon fibre prosthetic blades he used to race, Pistorius faces a minimum 15-year jail sentence for murdering his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day 2013 in a case that has fascinated and divided South Africa.
The Supreme Court last Thursday upgraded the 29-year-old athlete’s sentence to murder from culpable homicide, South Africa’s equivalent of manslaughter, for which he had received a five-year sentence.
Pistorius had been meant to serve the rest of his sentence under house arrest on his uncle’s property in a wealthy suburb of the capital Pretoria, but now faces a minimum of 15 years in jail, minus time already served.

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