Oscar Pistorius to be allowed to leave South Africa to compete in competitions

Friday 29 March 2013 10.13
Lawyers said Oscar Pistorius has no immediate plans to compete
Lawyers said Oscar Pistorius has no immediate plans to compete

Oscar Pistorius, who has been charged with murdering his girlfriend, has been granted permission to travel abroad by a South African judge.

"The applicant is entitled to use his passport to travel outside the Republic of South Africa," Judge Bert Bam said.

The 26-year-old Olympic and Paralympic track star, a double amputee since infancy, also no longer needs to report to a probation officer.

The decision eased initially very strict bail conditions.

Mr Pistorius is charged with the Valentine's Day murder of 29-year-old Reeva Steenkamp.

Prosecutors said Mr Pistorius committed premeditated murder when he fired four shots into a locked toilet door, hitting Ms Steenkamp on the other side.

She suffered gunshot wounds to her head, hip and arm.

Mr Pistorius has said the killing was a tragic mistake and that he had mistaken Ms Steenkamp for an intruder and opened fire in a blind panic.

Mr Pistorius' lawyers said that he had no immediate plans to compete, but might eventually need to run at track meets again to earn money.