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Pistorius bail hearing

CNC report from SOUTH AFRICA
Added On February 22, 2013

The third day of paralympian Oscar Pistorius' bail hearing ended without a court ruling on his application.

The disgraced athletics star is facing murder charges over the Valentine's Day shooting of his girlfriend.

Meanwhile, police have confirmed the lead detective in the Pistorius case is facing attempted murder charges.

He allegedly opened fire at a minibus containing seven people four years ago.

The Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Thursday postponed ruling on Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius' bail application to Friday.

During Thursday's hearing, prosecutor Gerrie Nel argued that Pistorius had failed to provide exceptional circumstances why he should be granted bail.

Pistorius lawyer Barry Roux called the police investigation "poor" as  there was no evidence of the pre-meditated murder.

Pistorius is facing charges of murdering his girl friend Reeva Steenkamp on February 14, a crime for which bail is granted only under exceptional circumstances.

The 26-year-old paralympian insists he shot dead Reeva Steenkamp in the bathroom because he thought she was an intruder.

In a related development, Hilton Botha, who took the stand against Pistorius at a bail hearing this week, is due to himself appear in court in May.

Botha is facing seven charges of attempted murder for allegedly firing shots at a minibus in 2009.

He said he fired shots at the taxi when it ignored his orders to stop.

Lieutenant General Vinesh Moonoo was appointed as the new lead investigator in Pistorius' murder case.