Oscar in court: denies murder charge

By admin
19 February 2013

While Reeva Steenkamp’s memorial service took place today, Oscar Pistorius appeared in court after being charged with her murder.

While Reeva Steenkamp’s memorial service took place in Port Elizabeth today, Oscar Pistorius appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court to apply for bail after being charged with her murder.

Oscar’s version of the events on the day of his girlfriend death emerged for the first time today as his advocate, Barry Roux, read the athlete’s affidavit. In it he refutes the charge of murder and declares that he had mistaken her for an intruder when he fired the shots.

According to Pistorius he got out of bed (not wearing his prosthetic legs), heard a noise, grabbed his weapon and shot at the door, convinced that Reeva was still in bed and that an intruder was in the bathroom.

Roux also read two affidavits by good friends of Oscar and one by Reeva’s best friend. These affidavits painted a picture of a couple very much in love.

Pistorius often visibly broke down when Reeva’s name was mentioned and his family had to console him. At one stage court proceedings were stopped because the athlete was sobbing uncontrollably.

Magistrate Desmond Nair charged Oscar with a schedule 6 offence – meaning that the alleged murder was premeditated. However the classification of the offence could change before his actual trail. This means that Oscar’s defence team will now have to show “exceptional circumstances” before bail can be granted. The bail hearing was postponed to Wednesday morning. He will spend the night at the Brooklyn police station.

See how things unfolded by the minute today on our Twitter page.

PhOTO: AAI/FOTOSTOCK SA

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