Pistorius family disputes murder claim - statement

2013-02-15 15:18
Oscar Pistorius leaves the Pretoria Magistrate's Court after appearing in connection with the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. (Stephane de Sakutin, AFP)

Oscar Pistorius leaves the Pretoria Magistrate's Court after appearing in connection with the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. (Stephane de Sakutin, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

kalahari.com

  • Blade Runner (eBook)
    During the course Oscar has battled to overcome extraordinary difficulties to prove that, with the... Was R118.00 Now R100.00
    buy now
Cape Town - The family and management company of detained paralympian Oscar Pistorius have disputed the murder allegation against him in the "strongest terms", according to a statement released on Friday.

"Oscar Pistorius has appeared in court here in Pretoria this morning [on Friday] formally charged with the murder of Reeva Steenkamp. The alleged murder is disputed in the strongest terms," the statement from the family and In-Site Athlete Management said.

"These are now live and active legal proceedings which must be allowed to take their course through the process of proper investigation by the police, evidence-gathering and through the local South African judicial system," it said.

Pistorius will spend the weekend in police cells after he was formally charged with Steenkamp's murder.

He was arrested on Thursday after Steenkamp, a model and law graduate and participant in the Tropika Island of Treasure television show, was shot dead in his home.

Earlier, the celebrity athlete arrived at the Pretoria Magistrate's Court in the back seat of a double-cab police bakkie after spending the night in jail, Sapa reported.

He held a jacket over his head and a book in front of his face as cameramen surged towards the vehicle. The news of his arrest and Steenkamp's murder made local and international news.

With his father Henke and sister Aimee in the front row of the court. Pistorius walked into the packed room wearing a dark suit. He stood quietly in the dock, his hands at his side.

But after Magistrate Desmond Nair greeted him he put his hands to his mouth and wept. Nair asked him to be calm and he sat down.

The charge of murder was read into the court record.

Nair dealt briefly with an application to broadcast proceedings live.

With jaws clenched and his cheek twitching, Pistorius listened as his lawyer advocate Barry Roux said: "It can never be in the interests of justice... it will seriously prejudice the accused."

Nair ruled against live broadcasts of proceedings, allowing only audio recordings of argument and judgment and photographs before and after proceedings.

Pre-meditated murder

Nair moved to the bail application and Roux asked that it be set down for next week. This would allow the defence to prepare for forensic tests to support their argument that it was a "Section five" allegation.

In terms of Section five of the Criminal Procedure Act, which deals with "serious" offences, an accused may only be granted bail if he or she produces evidence to satisfy the court that the interests of justice permit the release.

Section six on the other hand, deals with "extremely serious" crime and requires exceptional circumstances for bail to be granted.

State prosecutor Gerrie Nel, who also prosecuted former national police commissioner Jackie Selebi, supported the postponement, also for further tests and information gathering.

Nair asked: "Is the State's argument pre-meditated murder?"

"Yes," said Nel.

The postponement was granted to Tuesday 19 February. Pistorius would remain in the Brooklyn police station's cells.

Pistorius was still teary-eyed as he was led away.

Visit News24's Oscar Pistorius Special Report.

- News24
Read more on:    oscar pistorius
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
196 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/Music

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Up to 40% off fashion accessories

Save up to 40% on selected handbags, purses, watches, jewellery and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to R2000 on top electronics

Get every day mind bowing savings on top electronics. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

As seen on TV - New book releases at only R199 each

Get mind blowing book savings on new titles. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to 50% on Women’s month treats!

Celebrate the awesome women in your life with awesome treats like beauty products, fashion accessories, bestselling books, electronics and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 60% off - clearance sale!

Save up to 60% on appliances, books, electronics, toys, movies and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

The spotlight may be on you and you need to perform. This can be overwhelming and you need to stay as focussed and centred as you...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.