Olympic double amputee Oscar Pistorius could have his prosthetic legs confiscated and be bound to a wheelchair in one of South Africa’s most dangerous prisons if he is not granted bail.

The athlete is understood to be being held in a single cell at Pretoria's Brooklyn Police Station as he waits to attend a second bail hearing on Thursday.

Top South African criminologist Laurie Pieters says she fears for the 26-year-old’s safety if he is moved to Pretoria Central Prison.

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Pretoria Central Prison was made famous as the location of capital punishment during apartheid

Pieters, who is also an offender profiler, said: "Prison in South Africa is notoriously a very dangerous place.

"If any person with a disability entered, they would be targeted.

"I don't know what sort of facilities they have in prison for handicapped people. The chances are they would have to take his prosthetic limbs because, in an open population situation, those would be weapons to other prisoners.

"He would then most probably have to spend time in a wheelchair, which would make him less mobile and an easier target."

Pieters's assessment highlights why Pistorius' lawyers are battling to keep the sports star out of prison.

The giant facility on the outskirts of the capital crams 17 narrow bunk beds into communal cells measuring around 100ft by 30ft.

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The prison is 'extremely overcrowded', with 17 bunk beds to every communal cell

Inmates are forced to wear bright orange robes, sleep with little or no ventilation and some claim to live in constant fear of violence and rape.

The notorious jail - which was made famous as the location of capital punishment during the apartheid era - is said to be "extremely overcrowded", according to Pieters.

The conditions even led to six prisoners serving sentences at the facility launching a court bid at Pretoria High Court to improve their living arrangements - and ensure they are treated "humanely".

In papers presented before court, they highlighted a number of issues - including violence and poor health care.

They also sought to seek protection from dangerous prisoners.

One young inmate, who was not named, told the judge in a hearing on February 4 at Pretoria High Court that he feared for his life in jail, that he had been raped several times and also contracted HIV.

The youngster spoke of 28 gangsters who force him to join them.

One of the six who brought the case to court, Werner Wessels was quoted in a statement saying: "They [gangsters] want to have sex with me and threaten to stab me if I tell the officials.

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Oscar Pistorius in court

"Drugs are freely obtainable in jail and I have a serious drug problem, for which I do not get help."

Wouter Viljoen, another of the six inmates, said in a statement before court that he had to make do with dirty mattresses and no bedding.

He also said inmates were locked up for 18 hours a day in cells with no ventilation and that they battle to sleep in the heat.

Viljoen and the five other complainants - Stephen Fourie, Jabu Dube, Johannes Lentswe, Kgabu Mosala and Wessels - said they hadn't been medically examined to determine whether they suffered from diseases.

They also claimed in statements that the main reason prisoners contract diseases in jail was due to the lack of health care services.

Their case has been postponed indefinitely, but the judge said the application was of constitutional importance.

The case paints a dark picture of the life behind bars potentially facing Pistorius in the countries prisons.

It is feared his celebrity status in South Africa could also lead to him being targeted and threatened by inmates hoping to extract money.

Pieters said: "Everybody knows who he is. You are going to have one lot targeting him for money and then maybe even others offering him protection for money.

"He comes from privilege, so how is he going to adapt to that? He already looks broken in court."

One major issue is overcrowding, with the most recent records, compiled by the International Centre for Prison Studies in April 2012, showing the overall prison population in South Africa stood at 156,659 - compared to just 83,999 in England and Wales.

And according to the same report, South Africa's prison population was a staggering 37,700 over the official capacity of the country's 241 institutions at the time.

Pieters added: "Pretoria Central is a very large prison with a women's section, another for convicted offenders and a facility for those awaiting trial.

"That latter section is extremely crowded.

"The prison authorities will have to make very difficult decisions - where they are going to put him and how they are going to house him?"

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  • A prison cell inside the Pretoria Central Prison during a surprise raid by prison officials checking for drugs and other contraband in Pretoria, South Africa. (Credit: Barcroft)

  • A prison cell inside the Pretoria Central Prison during a surprise raid by prison officials checking for drugs and other contraband in Pretoria, South Africa. (Credit: Barcroft)

  • A prison cell inside the Pretoria Central Prison during a surprise raid by prison officials checking for drugs and other contraband in Pretoria, South Africa. (Credit: Barcroft)

  • A prison cell inside the Pretoria Central Prison during a surprise raid by prison officials checking for drugs and other contraband in Pretoria, South Africa. (Credit: Barcroft)

  • A prison cell inside the Pretoria Central Prison during a surprise raid by prison officials checking for drugs and other contraband in Pretoria, South Africa. (Credit: Barcroft)

  • A prison cell inside the Pretoria Central Prison during a surprise raid by prison officials checking for drugs and other contraband in Pretoria, South Africa. (Credit: Barcroft)

  • A prison cell inside the Pretoria Central Prison during a surprise raid by prison officials checking for drugs and other contraband in Pretoria, South Africa. (Credit: Barcroft)

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    Graffiti on a prison cell wall inside Pretoria Central Prison in Pretoria, South Africa. (Credit: Barcroft)

  • Clothes hang out of prison cells at the Pretoria Central Prison, where Oscar Pistorius is allegedly being held in Pretoria, South Africa on April 30, 2012. (Credit: Barcroft)

  • A general view of the prison where Oscar Pistorius will be sent if found guilty, on February 19, 2013 in Pretoria, South Africa. (Credit: Barcroft)

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    South African Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius (C), flanked by bodyguards and policemen, leaves the Magistrate Court in Pretoria on August 19, 2013. Pistorius will go trial in March charged with murdering his girlfriend on Valentine's Day, a magistrate ruled at a packed court hearing on August 19, 2013. The athlete known as 'Blade Runner', who is currently out on bail, has admitted killing her but denied murder, saying he shot Steenkamp through a locked bathroom door because he believed she was an intruder. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER JOE (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    South African Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius (2nd L) leaves the Magistrate Court in Pretoria on August 19, 2013. Pistorius will go trial in March charged with murdering his girlfriend on Valentine's Day, a magistrate ruled at a packed court hearing on August 19, 2013. The athlete known as 'Blade Runner', who is currently out on bail, has admitted killing her but denied murder, saying he shot Steenkamp through a locked bathroom door because he believed she was an intruder. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER JOE (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    South African Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius (L) walks in front of his sister Aimee as he appears at the Magistrate Court in Pretoria on August 19, 2013. Pistorius appeared on charges of murdering his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on February 14, Valentine's Day. South African prosecutors will argue that Pistorius is guilty of premeditated murder in Steenkamp's death, a charge which could carry a life sentence. Pistorius denies the charge, saying that he shot 29-year-old Steenkamp repeatedly through a locked bathroom door in the dead of night by accident, having mistaken her for a burglar. AFP PHOTO / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN (Photo credit should read STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    (L-R) South African Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius, flanked by his sister Aimee and his brother Carl, appears at the Magistrate Court in Pretoria on August 19, 2013. Pistorius appeared on charges of murdering his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on February 14, Valentine's Day. South African prosecutors will argue that Pistorius is guilty of premeditated murder in Steenkamp's death, a charge which could carry a life sentence. Pistorius denies the charge, saying that he shot 29-year-old Steenkamp repeatedly through a locked bathroom door in the dead of night by accident, having mistaken her for a burglar. AFP PHOTO / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN (Photo credit should read STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    South African Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius (R), flanked by his sister Aimee (L) and his brother Carl, appears at the Magistrate Court in Pretoria on August 19, 2013. Pistorius appeared on charges of murdering his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on February 14, Valentine's Day. South African prosecutors will argue that Pistorius is guilty of premeditated murder in Steenkamp's death, a charge which could carry a life sentence. Pistorius denies the charge, saying that he shot 29-year-old Steenkamp repeatedly through a locked bathroom door in the dead of night by accident, having mistaken her for a burglar. AFP PHOTO / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN (Photo credit should read STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    South African Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius (R) talks with his sister Aimee (L) and his brother Carl, as he appears at the Magistrate Court in Pretoria on August 19, 2013. Pistorius appeared on charges of murdering his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on February 14, Valentine's Day. South African prosecutors will argue that Pistorius is guilty of premeditated murder in Steenkamp's death, a charge which could carry a life sentence. Pistorius denies the charge, saying that he shot 29-year-old Steenkamp repeatedly through a locked bathroom door in the dead of night by accident, having mistaken her for a burglar. AFP PHOTO / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN (Photo credit should read STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    South African Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius (R) talks with his sister Aimee (L) and his brother Carl, as he appears at the Magistrate Court in Pretoria on August 19, 2013. Pistorius appeared on charges of murdering his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on February 14, Valentine's Day. South African prosecutors will argue that Pistorius is guilty of premeditated murder in Steenkamp's death, a charge which could carry a life sentence. Pistorius denies the charge, saying that he shot 29-year-old Steenkamp repeatedly through a locked bathroom door in the dead of night by accident, having mistaken her for a burglar. AFP PHOTO / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN (Photo credit should read STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    South African Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius (R) dries a tear as he prays with his sister Aimee (L) and his brother Carl, during his appearance at the Magistrate Court in Pretoria on August 19, 2013. Pistorius appeared on charges of murdering his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on February 14, Valentine's Day. South African prosecutors will argue that Pistorius is guilty of premeditated murder in Steenkamp's death, a charge which could carry a life sentence. Pistorius denies the charge, saying that he shot 29-year-old Steenkamp repeatedly through a locked bathroom door in the dead of night by accident, having mistaken her for a burglar. AFP PHOTO / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN (Photo credit should read STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    South African Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius (3rd L) stands next to his sister Aimee (L) and his brother Carl (2nd L), as he appears at the Magistrate Court in Pretoria on August 19, 2013. Pistorius appeared on charges of murdering his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on February 14, Valentine's Day. South African prosecutors will argue that Pistorius is guilty of premeditated murder in Steenkamp's death, a charge which could carry a life sentence. Pistorius denies the charge, saying that he shot 29-year-old Steenkamp repeatedly through a locked bathroom door in the dead of night by accident, having mistaken her for a burglar. AFP PHOTO / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN (Photo credit should read STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    South African Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius (L) appears at the Magistrate Court in Pretoria on August 19, 2013. Pistorius will go trial in March charged with murdering his girlfriend on Valentine's Day, a magistrate ruled at a packed court hearing on August 19, 2013. The athlete known as 'Blade Runner', who is currently out on bail, has admitted killing her but denied murder, saying he shot Steenkamp through a locked bathroom door because he believed she was an intruder. AFP PHOTO / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN (Photo credit should read STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - AUGUST 19:South African athlete Oscar Pistorius (L) speaks with his lawyer Kenny Oldwage in Pretoria Magistrates Court prior to an indictment hearing on August 19, 2013 in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius, 26 is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp which Pistorius denies claiming he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder. The indictment was served and the trial date of March 3, 2014 has now been set. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

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    South African Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius appears at the Magistrate Court in Pretoria on August 19, 2013. Pistorius will go trial in March charged with murdering his girlfriend on Valentine's Day, a magistrate ruled at a packed court hearing on August 19, 2013. The athlete known as 'Blade Runner', who is currently out on bail, has admitted killing her but denied murder, saying he shot Steenkamp through a locked bathroom door because he believed she was an intruder. AFP PHOTO / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN (Photo credit should read STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    South African Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius (3rd L) prays with his sister Aimee (2nd L) and his brother Carl, as he appears at the Magistrate Court in Pretoria on August 19, 2013. Pistorius will go trial in March charged with murdering his girlfriend on Valentine's Day, a magistrate ruled at a packed court hearing on August 19, 2013. The athlete known as 'Blade Runner', who is currently out on bail, has admitted killing her but denied murder, saying he shot Steenkamp through a locked bathroom door because he believed she was an intruder. AFP PHOTO / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN (Photo credit should read STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - AUGUST 19: South African athlete Oscar Pistorius (C) prays with his brother Carl Pistorius and his sister Aimee Pistorius prior to his indictment hearing in Pretoria Magistrates Court on August 19, 2013. Pistorius, 26 is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp which Pistorius denies claiming he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder. The indictment was served and the trial date of March 3, 2014 has now been set. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

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    Double-amputee Olympian Oscar Pistorius, left, talks with his lawyer, Kenny Oldwage, right, at the magistrates court in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, Aug. 19, 2013. Pistorius was indicted Monday on charges of murder and illegal possession of ammunition for the shooting death of the double-amputee Olympian's girlfriend on Valentine's Day.(AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

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    Oscar Pistorius, right, talks with his sister Aimee, left, during his appearance at a court in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, Aug. 19, 2013. Pistorius arrived at the South African court ahead of the expected indictment of the double-amputee Olympian on a premeditated murder charge. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

  • Murder suspect Oscar Pistorius's sister Aimee sheds a tear as she prays with her brother during his appearance at a court in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, Aug. 19, 2013. Pistorius has arrived at a South African court ahead of the expected indictment of the double-amputee Olympian on a premeditated murder charge. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

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    Oscar Pistorius appears at a court in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, Aug. 19, 2013. Pistorius arrived at the South African court ahead of the expected indictment of the double-amputee Olympian on a premeditated murder charge. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

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    South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius appears in the magistrates court in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, Aug. 19, 2013. Pistorius has arrived at the South African court ahead of the expected indictment of the double-amputee Olympian on a premeditated murder charge. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

  • In this image taken on Thursday June 27, 2013 from TV provided by ab productions via APTN, Oscar Pistorius runs at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, during his first track training session since the killing of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. With a short beard and a blue hooded Nike sports top, the lean-looking double-amputee Olympian did some light jogging at his first formal session in around five months. He then described his return to a regular track routine as "bittersweet" to his agent. (AP Photo/ab productions via APTN)

  • In this image taken on Thursday June 27, 2013 from TV provided by ab productions via APTN, Oscar Pistorius pulls on his carbon fiber running blades at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, during his first track training session since the killing of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. With a short beard and a blue hooded Nike sports top, the lean-looking double-amputee Olympian did some light jogging at his first formal session in around five months. He then described his return to a regular track routine as "bittersweet" to his agent. (AP Photo/ab productions via APTN)

  • Photographers take photos of Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius as he stands in the dock during his bail hearing at the magistrates court in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. The fourth and likely final day of Oscar Pistorius' bail hearing opened on Friday, with the magistrate then to rule if the double-amputee athlete can be freed before trial or if he has to remain in custody over the shooting death of his girlfriend. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

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    South African Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius (hidden) leaves the courthouse in a car in Pretoria on February 22, 2013 after being freed on bail by a magistrate, pending a high-profile trial for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER JOE (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    South African Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius (C) is pictured as he leaves the courthouse in Pretoria on February 22, 2013 after being freed on bail by a magistrate, pending a high-profile trial for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER JOE (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, silhouetted in front vehicle, center, arrives at a relative's home in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday, Feb 22, 2013. Pistorius was released on bail and will return to court June, 4, 2013 to face a charge of pre-meditated murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. (AP Photo/Waldo Swiegers)

  • Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius' uncle Arnold Pistorius speaks to journalist at the end of the bail hearing at the magistrate court in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. Pistorius was granted bail in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Friday. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

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    Oscar Pistorius enters court during the fourth day of Oscar Pistorius bail application at Pretoria Magistrates Court, Pretoria, South Africa on 22 February 2013 Pic Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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    Kenny Oldwage, Attorney for Oscar Pistorius during the fourth day of Oscar Pistorius bail application at Pretoria Magistrates Court, Pretoria, South Africa on 22 February 2013 Pic Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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    Aimee and Carl Pistorius, brother and sister of Oscar Pistorius during the fourth day of Oscar Pistorius bail application at Pretoria Magistrates Court, Pretoria, South Africa on 22 February 2013 Pic Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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    Ampie Louw, Coach of Oscar Pistorius during the fourth day of Oscar Pistorius bail application at Pretoria Magistrates Court, Pretoria, South Africa on 22 February 2013 Pic Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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    Oscar Pistorius enters court during the fourth day of Oscar Pistorius bail application at Pretoria Magistrates Court, Pretoria, South Africa on 22 February 2013 Pic Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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    Family members of Oscar Pistorius during the fourth day of Oscar Pistorius bail application at Pretoria Magistrates Court, Pretoria, South Africa on 22 February 2013 Pic Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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    Arnold Pistorius, uncle of Oscar Pistorius during the fourth day of Oscar Pistorius bail application at Pretoria Magistrates Court, Pretoria, South Africa on 22 February 2013 Pic Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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    Olympic athlete, Oscar Pistorius , in court Friday Feb. 22, 2013 in Pretoria, South Africa, for his bail hearing charged with the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. The defense and prosecution both completed their arguments with the magistrate soon to rule if the double-amputee athlete can be freed before trial or if he must stay behind bars pending trial. (AP Photo/Antoine de Ras-Star) SOUTH AFRICA OUT

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    Oscar Pistorius enters court during the fourth day of Oscar Pistorius bail application at Pretoria Magistrates Court, Pretoria, South Africa on 22 February 2013 Pic Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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    Oscar Pistorius enters court during the fourth day of Oscar Pistorius bail application at Pretoria Magistrates Court, Pretoria, South Africa on 22 February 2013 Pic Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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    Family members of Oscar Pistorius during the fourth day of Oscar Pistorius bail application at Pretoria Magistrates Court, Pretoria, South Africa on 22 February 2013 Pic Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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    Aimee Pistorius, sister of Oscar Pistorius during the fourth day of Oscar Pistorius bail application at Pretoria Magistrates Court, Pretoria, South Africa on 22 February 2013 Pic Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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    Oscar Pistorius enters court during the fourth day of Oscar Pistorius bail application at Pretoria Magistrates Court, Pretoria, South Africa on 22 February 2013 Pic Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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    Aimee and Carl Pistorius, brother and sister of Oscar Pistorius during the fourth day of Oscar Pistorius bail application at Pretoria Magistrates Court, Pretoria, South Africa on 22 February 2013 Pic Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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    Arnold Pistorius, uncle of Oscar Pistorius (left) and Aimee Pistorius, sister of Oscar Pistorius (right) during the fourth day of Oscar Pistorius bail application at Pretoria Magistrates Court, Pretoria, South Africa on 22 February 2013 Pic Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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    Olympic athlete, Oscar Pistorius , in court Friday Feb. 22, 2013 in Pretoria, South Africa, for his bail hearing charged with the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. The defense and prosecution both completed their arguments with the magistrate soon to rule if the double-amputee athlete can be freed before trial or if he must stay behind bars pending trial) (AP Photo)

  • Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius' father Henke Pistorius, right, with his son Carl watch as Oscar Pistorius walks in during his bail hearing at the magistrate court in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

  • Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius stands in the dock during his bail hearing at the magistrates court in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. The fourth and likely final day of Oscar Pistorius' bail hearing opened on Friday, with the magistrate then to rule if the double-amputee athlete can be freed before trial or if he has to remain in custody over the shooting death of his girlfriend. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

  • Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius stands in the dock during his bail hearing at the magistrates court in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. The fourth and likely final day of Oscar Pistorius' bail hearing opened on Friday, with the magistrate then to rule if the double-amputee athlete can be freed before trial or if he has to remain in custody over the shooting death of his girlfriend. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

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    Olympic athlete, Oscar Pistorius , in court Friday Feb. 22, 2013 in Pretoria, South Africa, for his bail hearing charged with the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. The defense and prosecution both completed their arguments with the magistrate soon to rule if the double-amputee athlete can be freed before trial or if he must stay behind bars pending trial. (AP Photo)

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    Olympic athlete, Oscar Pistorius , in court Friday Feb. 22, 2013 in Pretoria, South Africa, for his bail hearing charged with the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. The defense and prosecution both completed their arguments with the magistrate soon to rule if the double-amputee athlete can be freed before trial or if he must stay behind bars pending trial. (AP Photo)

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    Olympic athlete, Oscar Pistorius , in court Friday Feb. 22, 2013 in Pretoria, South Africa, for his bail hearing charged with the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. The defense and prosecution both completed their arguments with the magistrate soon to rule if the double-amputee athlete can be freed before trial or if he must stay behind bars pending trial. (AP Photo)

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    South African Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius appears at the Magistrate Court in Pretoria on February 22, 2013. Pistorius battled to secure bail as he appeared on charges of murdering his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on February 14, Valentine's Day. South African prosecutors will argue that Pistorius is guilty of premeditated murder in Steenkamp's death, a charge which could carry a life sentence. Pistorius denies the charge, saying that he shot 29-year-old Steenkamp repeatedly through a locked bathroom door in the dead of night by accident, having mistaken her for a burglar. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER JOE (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    South African Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius appears at the Magistrate Court in Pretoria on February 22, 2013. Pistorius battled to secure bail as he appeared on charges of murdering his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on February 14, Valentine's Day. South African prosecutors will argue that Pistorius is guilty of premeditated murder in Steenkamp's death, a charge which could carry a life sentence. Pistorius denies the charge, saying that he shot 29-year-old Steenkamp repeatedly through a locked bathroom door in the dead of night by accident, having mistaken her for a burglar. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER JOE (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    The famliy of South African Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius appears on February 22, 2013 at the Magistrate Court in Pretoria. Pistorius battled to secure bail as he appeared on charges of murdering his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on February 14, Valentine's Day. South African prosecutors will argue that Pistorius is guilty of premeditated murder in Steenkamp's death, a charge which could carry a life sentence. Pistorius denies the charge, saying that he shot 29-year-old Steenkamp repeatedly through a locked bathroom door in the dead of night by accident, having mistaken her for a burglar. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER JOE (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)