Oscar Pistorius granted bail after murder conviction

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South African Olympic star Oscar Pistorius has been granted bail as he awaits sentencing for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013.

The 29-year-old had his conviction for Steenkamp's death changed from manslaughter to murder last week.

Pistorius, who has already served one year in prison and is currently under house arrest, now faces a minimum sentence of 15 years and will discover his fate at a hearing in April, 2016.

Bail has been set at around £450 (10,000 Rand) after Judge Audrey Ledwaba deemed the Paralympic champion was not a flight risk. Pistorius will be allowed to remain in his home, which he is unable to leave after midday as part of his house arrest agreement, until sentencing.

He will also appeal against his murder conviction in the Constitutional Court, his lawyer has said.

Pistorius was originally handed a five-year sentence for the 'culpable homicide' of Ms Steenkamp after firing four shots at her through the toilet door in what he claimed was a case of mistaken identity.

However South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal has accepted the prosecution's argument and have now agreed that Pistorious intended to kill his former girlfriend after a row when he opened fire on her.

The judge dismissed Pistorius' claim of self-defence, described the incident as "a human tragedy of Shakespearean proportions," adding: "He must have foreseen that the person he was firing at behind the door might have been fatally injured."

Any appeal to the decision to change Pistorius' conviction to murder could hold the process of sentencing by months, according to legal experts in South Africa.

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