PRETORIA: Olympic amputee sprint star Oscar Pistorius was expected to appear in court early today, charged with the Valentine’s Day murder of his model girlfriend who was shot four times with a gun registered in his name.
Twenty-six-year-old Pistorius — known globally as ‘Blade Runner’ because of his carbon fibre prostheses – was set to appear at a magistrate’s court in the capital Pretoria.
He is accused of killing blonde cover girl Reeva Steenkamp, who suffered fatal wounds to the head and hand in the shooting in the early hours of yesterday.
The sprinter spent the night in custody after blood-alcohol and other tests delayed his appearance before a magistrate.
Earlier police played down reports that Pistorius had shot his 29-year-old girlfriend after mistaking her for a burglar.