Oscar Pistorius' bid for bail appeared to receive a major boost Wednesday when his legal team fought to expose holes in a series of damning claims surrounding his alleged murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
On the second day of his bail hearing at Pretoria Magistrates Court, Pistorius' hopes of avoiding incarceration up until his full trial – likely later this year – seemed to be in tatters until cross-examination of key witness and investigating officer Hilton Botha, a leading figure in the prosecution's case. Botha was the first public official to arrive at the crime scene.
Having leveled several powerful accusations at Pistorius, Botha surprisingly crumbled under cross-examination from defense attorney Barry Roux, giving Pistorius, 26, a glimmer of hope in his bid to be granted bail by chief magistrate Desmond Nair.
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