Lawyers representing Oscar Pistorius ask for looser bail conditions - Macleans.ca

Lawyers representing Oscar Pistorius ask for looser bail conditions

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Lawyers representing Olympian Oscar Pistorius are asking a judge to lighten up restrictive bail conditions imposed on the track athlete as he awaits his trial for the pre-meditated murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

The appeal was filed Friday in Pretoria, the South African capital, reports The Associated Press.

Specifically, the documents challenge the bail conditions that require Pistorius to surrender his passport and all travel documents. They also challenge the condition preventing all alcohol use.

Pistorius also wants to be able to access his property where Steenkamp was shot, but only after the investigation there is complete.

Pistorius has been staying with his uncle while awaiting his trial.

During a lengthy bail hearing, the defence argued that Pistorius shot Steenkamp by accident when he mistook her for an intruder in the bathroom of his home in a gated community in Pretoria.

The prosecution, however, argued against granting Pistorius bail, saying that he shot Steenkamp intentionally as she was hiding in the bathroom.

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