Oscar Pistorius bail: 5 things to expect today
Editor's note: Watch a live stream of the proceedings today, in the video below.
Johannesburg - Oscar Pistorius is expected to appear in the Pretoria Magistrate's court this morning for a formal bail application. Last week, the disgraced athlete was convicted of murder by the Supreme Court of Appeal. (SCA) This new conviction replaces his original conviction of culpable homicide which was handed down by Judge Thokozile Masipa last year.
Here are a few things that could play out today:
1. Mr. Pistorius' legal team could notify the court that they are appealing the SCA's murder conviction. If that's the case, they will head off to the Constitutional Court (within 15 days). During the SCA's ruling last week, Justice Eric Leach noted that the media attention that this case received was unprecedented. Mr. Pistorius' legal team could stop the bail hearing today to take the argument that his rights were infringed upon because of the glare of the media.
Why would Oscar's defence team decide not to appeal?
2. Money. So far, Mr. Pistorius' legal battle has ventured into the millions of rands. He is known to have sold several assets which were purchased during his rise to fame. It is very likely that Mr. Pistorius' legal team have informed him of the possibility that an appeal at the Constitutional Court could be lost.
3. If sentencing procedures do continue today, it is unlikely that the State would oppose bail.
4. If bail is not opposed by the State, the court will take various factors into consideration including the nature of the crime and the SCA ruling and will decide upon bail conditions. It might be that Mr. Pistorius is granted bail on the condition that he maintain house arrest, or that he reports to a police station or a combination of both. There are also other possibilities given the nature of the crime he has been convicted of.
5. If Mr. Pistorius is not granted bail today, he will be remanded into custody and will have to wait in prison until sentencing procedures begin.
Watch a live stream of procedings today, in the video below.