Olympic sprinter Pistorius charged with girlfriend's murder

South African Olympic and Paralympian Oscar Pistorius has been charged with murdering his girlfriend.

Reeva Steenkamp, a 30 year-old model, was shot at Pistorius’ home in Pretoria in the early hours of February 14.

Police said they would oppose his bail when Pristorius appears in court but refused to reveal further details about the case.

“Our forensic staff are still on the premises. There’s still detectives on the premises. So it would be very premature and also very irresponsible of me at this stage to say exactly what happened,” said South African National Police spokeswoman Denise Beukes.

The State Prosecutor said the track star’s court hearing will take place on February 15.

South African radio suggested that Pistorius may have mistaken his girlfriend for a burglar. Police say there have been reports of incidents of a “domestic nature” at his home.

Pistorius and Steenkamp had been toghether for about a year.

The 26-year-old, who is known as the “Blade Runner” was the first double amputee to run in the Olympics, reaching the 400 metre semi-finals in London.

South Africa has some of the world’s highest rates of violent crime, and many home owners have weapons to defend themselves against intruders. Pistorius’ complex is surrounded by a three metre high wall and electric fence.

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