PRETORIA, South Africa – A South African judge has granted bail to Oscar Pistorius, pending sentencing for his murder conviction.
The country’s Supreme Court of Appeal convicted him on Thursday of murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013, overturning a lower court’s conviction of the lesser crime of manslaughter. The appeals court then said the double-amputee Olympian should be sentenced by the lower court.
Judge Aubrey Ledwaba of the trial court granted Pistorius bail of $692 and extended his house arrest until his sentencing hearing, which he set for April 18. The judge said Pistorius will be placed under electronic monitoring and may only leave his uncle’s home between 7 a.m. and 12 p.m. T
Pistorius’ chief defence lawyer, Barry Roux, said his client plans to appeal his conviction to the constitutional Court.
WATCH: Legal expert and attorney, Llewellyn Curlewis, says that although Pistorius could appeal the Supreme Court of Appeal’s judgement, it was difficult to say whether he will be granted leave to appeal the matter in the highest court of South Africa