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Pistorius doesn't plan to flee - lawyer

Oscar Pistorius’s lawyer says the athlete is sensitive to the case and doesn’t plan leave the country.

Oscar Pistorius’s lawyer says the athlete is sensitive to the case and doesn’t plan leave the country.

PRETORIA - Murder accused Oscar Pistorius's lawyer said on Thursday his client was not insensitive to the case against him and was not planning to jump on a plane to leave the country.

Advocate Barry Roux said Pistorius had no plans to travel or to compete in the next few months but they want him to be allowed to if necessary.

Pistorius has brought an application in the North Gauteng High Court for some of his bail conditions to be amended.

The athlete was arrested on 14 February after he shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his Pretoria home.

He was released on bail of R1 million.

Roux said Pistorius was not planning to go on holiday to Mauritius but he wanted to be able to compete and earn a living in the future.

"He (Pistorius) is not insensitive to this case and its consequences and it's not as though he wants to jump on a plane and travel outside the country. But when that situation does come about he wants to do so under controlled circumstances."

Roux also argued that Pistorius should not have a probation officer or be under an effective house arrest.

"Of course he was emotional. But that does not mean that you then decide, because he's emotional, to put him under correctional supervision. I am trying to say that there is no link to that emotional display and the conditions."

The application is being heard by Judge Bert Bam.

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