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Posted on Wednesday, 20 February 2013 17:18

Pistorius is a 'flight risk'

By Crystal van Vyk

Photo©ReutersSouth African Olympic icon, Oscar Pistorius's bail application entered a second day, with prosecution revealing startling details of testosterone drugs and syringes found at the athlete's home.

But Pistorius' lawyer, Barry Roux countered that, arguing that the substance found was an herbal remedy, which the Olympian was authorised to use.


Pistorius has been charged with the Valentine's Day murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp at his Pretoria home.

He denies the charge, arguing that he had mistakenly shot Steenkamp thinking she was an intruder.

In opposing bail, police investigating officer, Hylton Botha told the court he believed Pistorius knew Steenkamp was in the bathroom when he fired the fatal shots.

Botha said he believed Pistorius was a flight risk, as he had a house in Italy, a country South Africa did not have an extradition agreement with.

He said if convicted, Pistorius could be sentenced to life imprisonment and this was enough to entice him to abscond.

Botha said he knew of instances where people had fled to avoid spending even five years in jail.

Pretoria Magistrate Desmond Nair questioned whether, Pistorius, a double amputee and a Paralympic gold medalist would jeopardise his career by skipping bail before the case ended.

Botha retorted saying life in prison was no joke.

Pistorius kept breaking down throughout the proceedings.

The state said it would call witnesses who will testify that they had heard a woman screaming, gunshots and the sounds of fighting.

The bail application will proceed Thursday.

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