Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius is a free man after being freed on bail by Magistrate Desmond Nair following a four day bail hearing. Pistorius was arrested on charges of murdering his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, 29, who he mistook for a burglar.
Nair said Pistorius was not a flight risk and that his prosthetic legs would make a "commotion" if he tried to get through airport security.
"I come to the conclusion that the accused has made a case to be released on bail," said Nair, who added "the state only has circumstantial evidence but that 'does not prevent it being [premeditated murder].
Nair made his controversial decision one day after the lead detective, Hilton Botha, was dropped from the case and charged with attempted murder for shooting up a tourist bus in 2011.
The Paralympian bent his head and sobbed as Magistrate Desmond Nair delivered his decision following four days of dramatic testimony at Pretoria Magistrate's Court bail hearing.
While courtroom supporters could be heard saying 'yes,' the athlete's weeping family were more subdued and appeared to pray after Mr Nair announced his decision following a 90-minute speech to the court.
Pistorius, 26, is charged with one count of premeditated murder over the February 14 killing of the FHM cover girl. He says the shooting was accidental because he thought she was a dangerous intruder inside his home.
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