Oscar Pistorius was granted bail Tuesday after judges last week changed an October 2014 culpable homicide ruling to murder. The bail for Pistorius, who will remain under house arrest, has been set at 10,000 rand (about $688) as the defense said that he has no money left.
Last week, the former Paralympian was convicted of murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in 2013, and is due to be sentenced next year. Defense lawyer Barry Roux confirmed Tuesday that the 29-year-old double-amputee will appeal the murder conviction to the constitutional court. Pistorius' and Steenkamp's families were not present in court Tuesday.
Judge Aubrey Ledwaba said, while announcing his decision, that Pistorius is not a "flight risk" and has kept his previous bail conditions. The judge also said that Pistorius will be electronically tagged.
Roux previously said at the bail hearing that the defense and state agree that Pistorius, nicknamed Blade Runner, should remain under house arrest, under strict conditions. Roux said Pistorius should be only allowed to leave the premises of his uncle's house -- where he has been under house arrest after spending a year in prison -- with an investigating officer or the prosecuting authority.
Prosecutor Gerrie Nel reportedly said that the state is “comfortable” with the house arrest and electronic monitoring, but wants to change the terms of the house arrest, which previously allowed Pistorius to leave his uncle’s home between 7 a.m. and midday.
"We feel strongly that we need to monitor the accused 24 hours," Nel reportedly said. "We feel strongly that he should not leave the house at any time."
However, Ledwaba ruled that Pistorius could leave the house between 7 a.m. and midday on the condition that he only travel within a 12-mile radius, the Guardian reported. According to the new ruling, he is not allowed to leave the district of Tshwane, and must hand over his passport to the authorities. The next hearing in the case has been postponed until April 18, 2016.
Pistorius was found guilty of shooting and killing his girlfriend Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day in 2013 at his Pretoria home. He claimed that he fired his gun at the bathroom door (behind which Steenkamp is said to have been) because he thought an intruder was in his house. In October 2014, Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison for culpable homicide and also given a suspended three-year sentence for an unrelated firearms charge.