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Oscar Pistorius allowed to travel abroad

Updated: Thursday, 28 Mar 2013 12:33 | Comments

Oscar Pistorius has not yet stated finalised plans to compete
Oscar Pistorius has not yet stated finalised plans to compete

Oscar Pistorius is allowed to travel abroad to compete after a judge today changed his bail conditions as he awaits trial for killing his girlfriend.

Lawyers for Pistorius, who was not in court for the hearing, applied for the conditions to be changed to allow him to leave South Africa to compete.

The 26-year-old is on bail after being charged with the premeditated murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, who was shot dead at his home in Pretoria last month.

He is likely to stand trial before the end of the year, the High Court in Pretoria heard today, and his next court appearance is on 4 June.

Pistorius, a double amputee and six-time Paralympic sprint champion, claims he shot 30-year-old Ms Steenkamp after mistaking her for an intruder.

He was released on bail by magistrate Desmond Nair last month on a number of conditions, including having to surrender his passport and to report to police twice a week.

His lawyer Barry Roux today asked for several conditions to be relaxed, saying Pistorius - who has been staying with relatives - was effectively under "house arrest".

Judge Bert Bam granted the appeal, saying there was no reason Pistorius should not be allowed to leave the country if he was invited to compete abroad.

But the star must provide a copy of his itinerary to officials before he plans to travel, the judge ruled.

Pistorius' brother Carl yesterday appeared in court in a separate case, in which he is charged with the culpable homicide of a female motorcyclist in a 2008 road crash.

He pleaded not guilty and is due to appear in court again next week.

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