'Bladerunner' Pistorius strongly denies charges of killing girlfriend in court

Source : ANI
Last Updated: Sat, Feb 16, 2013 05:40 hrs

South African Paralympic and Olympic star Oscar Pistorius has vehemently denied charges that he killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his home on Thursday in a Pretoria court.

Steenkamp, a 29-year-old model, was shot dead at Pistorius' home near Pretoria on Thursday, the BBC reports.

Appearing in court in Pretoria, Pistorius wept as prosecutors vowed to pursue a charge of premeditated murder. An application for bail was postponed until next Tuesday and the athlete will remain in police custody, it reported.

Dubbed as 'Bladerunner', Pistorius made history last summer by becoming the first double-amputee track athlete to run in an Olympic Games.

A statement released by Pistorius' family and management company after the court hearing, said: "The alleged murder is disputed in the strongest terms."

As the prosecutor told the court he was going for premeditated murder, Pistorius sobbed into his hands. The magistrate asked for him to be seated. His brother, sitting behind him, put a hand on his shoulder, the paper said.

Forensic scientists are expected to continue examining the house in the Silver Lakes area on the outskirts of South Africa's administrative capital where Steenkamp died. (ANI)

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