Pistorius  granted bail,
Granted bail: Oscar Pistorius in court today. Picture: AP

Oscar Pistorius has been granted bail, paving the way for him to be freed from custody pending his trial in the Valentine's Day shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Chief Magistrate Desmond Nair made the ruling today after four days of arguments from prosecution and defence in Mr Pistorius' bail hearing, and after spending about one hour and 45 minutes announcing his decision.

Mr Nair said Mr Pistorius' affidavit, in which he gave his version of the events of the shooting on morning of February 14 in a sworn statement, had helped his application for bail in Pretoria Magistrate's Court.

Mr Pistorius' supporters shouted “Yes” when the magistrate made his ruling. Mr Nair then ordered a court break before establishing the terms of the bail.

The West Australian

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