Pistorius shot Reeva thinking she was a robber

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“Blade Runner” Oscar Pistorius, the South African double amputee who became one of the biggest names in world athletics, is due in court for a second time on Tuesday to apply for bail after being charged with murdering his girlfriend.

The arrest of the 26-year-old Olympic and Paralympic sprinter has stunned millions across the world who held him up as a hero for triumphing over adversity to compete with able-bodied athletes at the highest level of sport.

Reuters

The arrest of the 26-year-old Olympic and Paralympic sprinter has stunned millions across the world. Reuters

His girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, was found shot dead in his Pretoria home in the early hours of Thursday, with initial reports suggesting Pistorius may have mistaken her for an intruder.

Prosecutors are expected to oppose any request for bail at Tuesday’s hearing, suggesting they will have to present the court the state’s full version of the shooting as laid out in the charge sheet.

We are following the proceedings through the twitter accounts of journalists present in the courtroom


Updated Date: Feb 20, 2013 09:05 AM

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