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Pistorius to report to police for first time since bail

Published on 25/02/2013

Oscar Pistorius, South Africa's sporting hero who has been charged with murder over the killing of his girlfriend, on Monday is due to report to a Pretoria police station for the first time as part of his bail terms.

Pistorius is due to report to the Brooklyn police station in eastern Pretoria before 1:00 pm (1100 GMT) in what will also mark his first public appearance since being released on bail on Friday.

The 26-year-old double amputee athlete known as the “Blade Runner” was released on one million rand ($112,408) bond and has to report to the police every Monday and Friday between 0500 GMT and 1100 GMT.

He is due back in court on June 4.

Prosecutors charge that Pistorius killed his girlfriend, 29-year-old model and law graduate Reeva Steenkamp, at his upmarket Pretoria home in the early hours of Valentine’s Day in a premeditated killing.

The Olympic and Paralympic sprinter denies the charge, insisting that he repeatedly shot at Steenkamp through a locked bathroom door in the dead of night having mistaken her for a burglar.

In addition to the bail payment, which experts say is one of the highest ever set in South Africa, Pistorius had to surrender his passports and firearms. He is also barred from taking alcohol or drugs and will be subject to random tests.

His arrest riveted South Africa and beyond as he has inspired millions of people around the world after becoming the first double amputee to compete against able-bodied athletes in the Olympic Games last year in London.