Concerns over Pistorius's emotional state

2013-02-16 09:34
Oscar Pistorius is led from the Boschkop police station east of Pretoria, en route to court. Pistorius arrived at court for his bail hearing in the murder case of his girlfriend. (Picture: AP)

Oscar Pistorius is led from the Boschkop police station east of Pretoria, en route to court. Pistorius arrived at court for his bail hearing in the murder case of his girlfriend. (Picture: AP)

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Pretoria – While the State has welcomed a request by Oscar Pistorius's defence team to postpone the bail application, his legal team have become increasingly concerned about the Paralympian’s emotional well-being.

During the first day at court on Friday, the State hinted the strength of its case by indicating it would argue premeditated murder, EWN reported.

The "Blade Runner" allegedly shot and killed his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his Pretoria East home on Thursday.

State prosecutor Gerrie Nel told the court the State was ready to proceed with its opposition to Pistorius’s bid for freedom.

But Nel welcomed a request by defence advocate Barry Roux to postpone the matter until Tuesday, as it allows the police time to gather more evidence

On Friday an emotional Pistorius broke down several times in the Pretoria Magistrates Court.

Roux said told EWN that his client was in an “extreme traumatised state of mind”.

While the legal team discussed how matters would proceed, Pistorius wept uncontrollably, but was comforted by his father – who sat behind him in the public gallery.

His brother and sister, supported by close friends, were also there to support him.

Pistorius will spend the weekend at the Brooklyn Police Station and apply for bail when he returns to court on Tuesday.

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