South African athlete Oscar Pistorius recently thought he was well on his way to freedom, after he was moved to house arrest, one year into his five year conviction for the involuntary murder of his then fiancée, Reeva Steenkamp.
However, Pistorius’ was then hit by a sucker punch, after the prosecution won an appeal to have his charge amended from culpable homicide to murder. This then invalidated his house arrest as he had to go back to prison.
His lawyers however, filed for bail, a motion that was granted by Judge Audrey Ledwaba on Tuesday.
Bail was set at 10,000 rand (($700,) whilst Pistorius is to remain under house arrest, and has to hand over his passport.
The athlete plans to appeal his murder conviction in South Africa’s constitutional Court, although the substantive case is set to continue in April next year. He faces a minimum of fifteen years in prison on the murder charge.