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Pistorius could flee if given bail: Botha

Sapa | 2013-02-20 14:59:17.0
Oscar Pistorius stand in the dock at the Pretoria Magistrate court. File photo.
Image by: Sizwe Ndingane

Magistrate Desmond Nair asked whether murder-accused paralympian Oscar Pistorius would flee South Africa if granted bail.


"Yes", replied investigating officer Hilton Botha. "It is possible, lifetime imprisonment is no joke."

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

Nair asked even if a person who had won Olympic gold would jeopardise his career before the case ended.

Botha maintained that life in prison was "no joke".

Pistorius' bail application has been postponed to Thursday by the Pretoria Magistrate's Court.

Nair ruled that he would remain in custody again at the Brooklyn police station holding cells.

Pistorius has been charged with the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in his home in Pretoria on February 14. He has denied the charges.

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