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March 28, 2013

Pistorius allowed to leave South Africa with conditions

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Roux also argued against the ruling that Pistorius was not allowed to return to his home in a gated community in the eastern suburbs of Pretoria, where he shot Steenkamp. The bail ruling prevented him from returning to his home or speaking to residents, but his lawyers said he should be allowed to consult with residents in order to prepare his defense against the murder charge against him.

The judge ruled the restrictions on him returning to the upscale villa complex where Steenkamp died from three gunshot wounds should be set aside and disregarded as they weren't in Nair's original court order.

Pistorius was not required to attend his appeal hearing and none of his family members was present at North Gauteng High Court in the heart of South Africa's capital city.

Pistorius' next court appearance is June 4, when the prosecution would aim to serve indictments, chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel told the court. Nel said there is a possibility that Pistorius' trial will begin by the end of the year.

Pistorius' bail appeal was being heard at the high court a day after the athlete's older brother, Carl Pistorius, went on trial for culpable homicide for the death of a woman motorcyclist in a 2008 road accident. Carl Pistorius pleaded not guilty Wednesday to the main charge of culpable homicide and not guilty to two alternative charges relating to driving recklessly and inconsiderately.

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