Oscar pistorius to study law

December 10, 2015 6:07 am

will not have to return to jail as he waits to appeal
against his murder conviction, after telling a judge he needs daily
internet access to study for a law degree.
28-year-old athlete, who was found guilty of murder last week for the
shooting of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, two years ago, said he had
no income and no assets and was trying to find a job from his uncle’s
home in Pretoria, where he lives under house arrest.

He was granted bail pending an appeal to the
Constitutional Court, South Africa’s highest, after agreeing to pay a
reduced surety of R10,000 ($1033) and wear an electronic tag on his
Pistorius told the court he had enrolled to study towards a
R90,000 law and business degree by correspondence at the University of
London and needed daily internet access.
He also argued in an
affidavit submitted to Pretoria’s High Court that he would be “severely
prejudiced” if he were sent back to prison because of an “anticipated
delay” before his case is concluded.
Last week, Kevin Lerena, a
boxer and friend of the Paralympic sprinter, said Pistorius had told him
of his cell in the prison’s hospital wing: “I don’t want to go back to
jail. It’s a terrible place, so disgusting you can’t imagine.”
was originally convicted of manslaughter for killing Steenkamp by
firing four times through a locked toilet door at his Pretoria home. He
claimed he thought he was confronting an intruder.

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