Pistorius granted bail after marathon hearing

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Oscar Pistorius, accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day, has been granted bail at Pretoria Magistrates’ Court in South Africa.

Supporters could be heard saying “yes”, and members of the athlete’s family wept and appeared to pray after Chief Magistrate Desmond Nair announced his decision following a 90-minute speech to the court in Pretoria.

“Blade Runner” Pistorius, 26, is accused of murdering 29-year-old model Reeva Steenkamp at his home last week but claims he shot her through a bathroom door thinking she was an intruder.

Realising his mistake, he broke the door down with a cricket bat and carried her downstairs, he claims.