Pistorius says kept firearm at home after receiving death threats

Last Updated: Wed, Feb 20, 2013 07:47 hrs

Johannesburg: Paralympian star Oscar Pistorius has claimed that he kept a firearm at home after receiving several death threats, and he added he had used the 9mm firearm to protect himself and his dead girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp from suspected intruders.

Pistorius revealed his side of the story in an affidavit read out by his lawyer in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

According to the affidavit, Pistorius, who became frightened at not finding Steenkamp in the bed, fired a shot at the toilet to scare away suspected intruders, News24 reports.

The affidavit further stated that Pistorius felt vulnerable upon hearing the intruders in the toilet as he did not have his prosthetic legs on.

According to the affidavit, Pistorius the forcibly opened the toilet door with a cricket bat and found Steenkamp lying on the ground, bloodied, and added that she died in his arms.

Pistorius said in the statement that he is not a flight risk, will not interfere with witnesses, has no previous convictions and is not disposed to violence, and added that his continued incarceration will be of "no benefit" to the State. 

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