It wasn’t murder – Pistorius family

2013-02-15 17:01

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Oscar Pistorius’ family and management company have disputed claims that the Paralympian had murdered his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

“The alleged murder is disputed in the strongest terms,” the family and In-Site Athlete Management said in a statement issued by a public relations company in London.

“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.”

Pistorius appeared in court for the first time today in connection with the murder of Steenkamp.

The State indicated that it would argue Pistorius had murdered Steenkamp in cold blood.

Pistorius cried in court upon hearing that the State believed the murder had been premeditated.

The celebrity Paralympian would spend the weekend in jail after his bail application was postponed by the Pretoria Magistrates’ Court to Tuesday.

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

Pistorius spent last night in jail and will be held at Brooklyn police station in Pretoria until his next court appearance.

His family and In-Site Athlete Management said: “[Oscar] has made it very clear that he would like to send his deepest sympathies to the family of Reeva.

“He would also like to express his thanks through us today for all the messages of support he has received – but as stated, our thoughts and prayers today should be for Reeva and her family – regardless of the circumstances of this terrible, terrible tragedy.”

They said other statements would be issued as the matter developed.

“In these circumstances I am sure you appreciate it is very difficult to answer any more specific questions.”

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