15 February 2013

South Africa: State Press Pre-Meditated Murder Against 'Blade Runner'

South Africa Justice Department said on Friday it would argue a case of pre-meditated murder against star athlete Oscar Pistorius for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamo.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Pistorius, one of the South Africa's most celebrated athletes, allegedly shot and killed his girlfriend on Thursday at his residence.

He made history at the 2012 London Olympic by competing alongside able-bodied athletes.

Pistorius won two gold medals and one silver in the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.

The presiding Magistrate, Desmond Nair, asked the state prosecutor if a case of pre-meditated murder was brought against the Olympian, known as "The Blade Runner".

"Is the state's argument pre-meditated murder?" Nair asked.

"Yes, we are pressing charges for pre-meditated murder, we believe the shooting is intentional and not a mistake," said prosecutor Gerrie Nel.

NAN reports that Pistorius broke down in tears when he heard that the state is pressing for pre-meditated murder.

Pistorius was arrested on Thursday after he allegedly shot Steenkamo four times in the head and arm at his residence.

The magistrate postponed the case to Feb. 19.

Pistorius was ordered to be remanded in custody until his next appearance.

Nair, however, ruled that live coverage of Pistorius' bail hearing was not allowed.


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