Pistorius gets bail, 'does not represent flight risk'

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"We trust and hope that justice will prevail."

Before announcing his ruling, the magistrate recounted the four days of conflicting arguments by the lawyers. Pistorius's shoulders shook with emotion and tears fell from his eyes as, at one point, Magistrate Nair said, "The deceased died in his arms."

Magistrate Nair took issue particularly with the testimony and actions of the prosecution's lead investigator, Detective Warrant Officer Hilton Botha, who has since been removed from the case, saying the officer made "several errors and concessions" and "blundered" in gathering evidence.

Ultimately, he said, Pistorius had helped his case for bail by providing a sworn affidavit to the court setting out his version of events.

In the court of law--There are several key points where testimony at the Oscar Pistorius bail hearing conflicted between the prosecution and the defence

KILLING

Prosecution: Pistorius knew his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was in the toilet stall when he fired through the door.

Defence: The shooting was a tragic accident; he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder.

PROSTHETICS

Prosecution: Pistorius, a double amputee, took the time to put on his prosthetic legs and walk to the bathroom where he fired the gun.

Defence: He did not put on the prosthetics and was on his stumps and felt vulnerable when he shot through the toilet door.

Did HE NOTICE STEENKAMP

WAS NOT IN BED ?

Prosecution: He had to go through the bedroom to get to the bathroom and must have known she was not in the bed.

Defence: It was dark in the bedroom. He thought she was asleep in bed.

SUBSTANCE DISCOVERED

Prosecution: At one point, Detective Warrant Officer Hilton Botha told the court that police found syringes and two boxes of testosterone in Pistorius' bedroom — testimony the prosecution later withdrew, saying it was too early to identify the substance, which was still being tested.

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