Pistorius stunned at murder charges

The Pretoria Magistrate’s Court learned that the State will present a witness statement in an attempt to prove that there was fighting at athlete Oscar Pistorius’ residence on the morning of 14 February, the day his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was shot dead.

Insisting not to grant bail to Pistorius, State prosecutor Gerrie Nel said: “The accused’s actions and phone calls on the night is part of pre-planning.”

Pistorius is accused of murdering his girlfriend on the Valentine’s Day. Steenkamp was a law graduate and a model. Pistorius has denied all charges alleging he shot through a bathroom door because he thought there was an intruder in the house. He did not realize Steenkamp was on the other side.

Nel presented the investigating officer Hilton Botha in court. Botha has served in the police department for 16 years. He told the court that at his arrival, he found Steenkamp dead. She was wearing black top and white shorts.

For the first time on Tuesday, the world heard Paralympian Oscar Pistorius’s version of the story. The defence advocate Barry Roux read a lengthy statement at the bail hearing.

“I fail to understand how I could be charged with murder; let alone premeditated murder, as I had no intention to kill my girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp… We were deeply in love and I could not be happier. I know she felt the same way. She had given me a Valentine’s Day present but asked me only to open it the next day.”

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