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South Africa´s Pistorius
awarded bail in murder case

Reuters, by Peroshni Govender

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Posted By:SoCalGal, 2/22/2013 9:55:16 AM

PRETORIA - Star South African athlete Oscar Pistorius was awarded bail on Friday after being accused of murdering his girlfriend. The decision by Magistrate Desmond Nair drew cheers from Pistorius´ family and supporters at the Pretoria magistrate´s court, although the athlete appeared unmoved as the decision was read out. (Snip)Pistorius´ defense team argued the killing was a tragic mistake, saying the athlete had mistaken Steenkamp for an intruder. They said he was too famous to pose a flight risk and deserved bail to prepare for a case that has drawn worldwide attention.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: JAN, 2/22/2013 9:56:43 AM     (No. 9190558)

Unmoved?

How very interesting. No longer any need for crocodile tears!!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: lakerman1, 2/22/2013 10:06:09 AM     (No. 9190581)

I listened to the magistrate´s monologue, and have to wonder - is it justifiable homicide in south africa to kiil a really dumb and boring magistrate?

Separate from that, though, is the astonishing remark by the magistrate that, essentially, because the accused is a celebrity, there should have been a senior police official at the scene. Think about that for a moment.
The magistrate also said the crime scene was contaminated because the police officer didn´t put those little booties over his shoes. But the purpose of those little booties is to keep the police officer´s shoes free of blood.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: right-turn, 2/22/2013 10:07:34 AM     (No. 9190584)

How do you fire shots through a locked door and think it is occupied by anyone other than the woman who was sleeping with you???????

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Reply 4 - Posted by: abiner, 2/22/2013 10:17:25 AM     (No. 9190613)

Its whats known here as The Lohan Treatment®.

If you´re arrested, you get out on bail. If you´re convicted, you get a four-hour sentence. If you break parole, you get another four-hour sentence.

South Africa must have been looking toward Hollywood for guidance.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 2/22/2013 10:53:52 AM     (No. 9190709)

Perhaps....rather than strap on his blades and get out of S.A. on the first thing smokin´, this modern social climber and fame wh@re is looking forward to becoming the next big thing. Fame and infamy have merged.
Another "Trial of the Century" ?
Another whole slew of broadcast jurnolists take their place in the media ?

I didn´t say Gretta V. and the Kardashians.

But that´s what I´m thinkin´.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: envirodude, 2/22/2013 11:17:17 AM     (No. 9190761)

Ankle monitor goes where?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Brianw68, 2/22/2013 1:18:35 PM     (No. 9191045)

Well #3, from what I have heard, she surprised him by showing up at his at 2 or 3am. Pistorius has been the victim of numerous break ins, starting before his appearance in the Olympics. He has woken to people not only in his home, but in his bedroom. He comes from a rather wealthy family and it is common knowledge of his family´s wealth in South Africa. The last tweet his girlfriend wrote was about she was planning on surprising him. She must have known about the history of people breaking into his house, why would she think the surprising him at 3am is a good idea?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: cheeflo, 2/22/2013 1:37:36 PM     (No. 9191087)

I dunno, #3. His claim of mistaken identity is simply not credible. His father made a totally weird remark about that: "I have zero doubt (that he thought it was an intruder) - it´s totally absurd to even suggest anything different ... When you wake up in the middle of the night - and crime is so endemic in South Africa - what do you do if somebody is in the house? Do you think it´s one of your family? Of course you don´t," he said.

That remark is so absurd itself -- I understand the man´s grief and shock, but I think most people would make certain it´s not a family member (or a girlfriend who was known to be in the house and who was sleeping in the same bed) before shooting through a closed bathroom door.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: cheeflo, 2/22/2013 1:40:11 PM     (No. 9191093)

#7 -- that´s not true. She had been in the house all evening. The security cameras show her arriving around 6 pm. The media speculated that it might have been a Valentine´s Day surprise that went wrong, but the was not the case. He even says in his statement that he called out to her to call the police, so he knew she was there.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: msjena, 2/22/2013 3:28:14 PM     (No. 9191298)

When a celebrity is involved, there are always some who will make excuses, no matter how absurd. For the average Joe, no such support (and no bail).

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