Pretoria: Paralympian Oscar Pistorius will this morning appear in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court facing a murder charge. Pistorius’s court appearance follows the death of his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, in a Valentine’s Day shooting in the early hours of Thursday.
Steenkamp was shot dead at Pistorius’s home in Silver Woods country estate in Pretoria East. The athlete spent Thursday night in a holding cell at Boschkop police station.
Pistorius’s lawyer on Thursday said he would apply for bail. Police, meanwhile, said they would oppose Pistorius’s bail application. Initial reports on the shooting suggested it was a case of mistaken identity, and that the shooter had mistaken Steenkamp for a burglar.
The police, however, later said this information did not come from them. Pistorius formed part of Team South Africa’s Paralympic team that notched up 29 medals at last year’s London Paralympics. In 2007, Pistorius, who is a double amputee, took part in his first international competition for able-bodied athletes.