The Straits Times
Published on Feb 21, 2013

Pistorius to seek bail after shoddy police work revealed


PRETORIA (AFP) - Lawyers for Oscar Pistorius will push for the release of the South African "Blade Runner" on Thursday as bail proceedings head into the final stretch after they poked holes in the prosecution's case that he shot dead his model girlfriend.

The Olympic athlete's lawyers on Wednesday showed up shoddy police investigation and undermined witnesses that had supported prosecutors' argument that he intentionally killed Reeva Steenkamp, 29, last Thursday.

But Pistorius now needs to give compelling reasons why he should be let free during his trial, after having spent a week in detention already.

Charged with "premeditated murder", he has to prove exceptional circumstances that his release is in the interest of justice - a high bar for bail.