South African court grants Oscar Pistorius bail after murder conviction

The Supreme Court last Thursday upgraded the 29-year-old athlete`s sentence to murder from culpable homicide.

Reuters| Updated: Dec 08, 2015, 17:36 PM IST
South African court grants Oscar Pistorius bail after murder conviction

A South African court on Tuesday granted bail to paralympian Oscar Pistorius after he was convicted of murder for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine`s Day 2013, with the judge saying the athlete did not pose a flight risk.

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.

Known as "Blade Runner" because of the carbon fibre prosthetic blades he used to race, Pistorius now faces a minimum 15-year jail sentence for murdering his girlfriend. A new sentence will be handed down at a later date.