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Pistorius accused of “premeditated” murder; breaks down in court

Feb 15, 2013, 8:32 AM EDT

Antoine De Ras / Independent via AP Antoine De Ras / Independent via AP

Inspiring Olympian and Paralympian Oscar Pistorius broke down in court Friday morning in Pretoria, South Africa after being accused of the “premeditated” murder of his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, and being formally charged.

Pistorius, who denies the allegations in the “strongest terms” according to a statement released Friday, kept his head down and cried as the hearing started, and is reported as having looked confused. Pistorius’s lawyer referred to his client as being in a “traumatised state of mind.”

“Take it easy,” Magistrate Desmond Nair reportedly told him. “Come take a seat.”

The usually affable Pistorius, known as “Blade Runner” because of the carbon fiber prosthetics he races on, didn’t speak during the entire forty-minute proceeding. His father and brother sat right behind him in court.

There are few details about what actually happened Thursday, but it’s known that Pistorius and Steenkamp were the only two in the  house, and an Afrikaans-language Beeld newspaper, reported that Pistorius had shot his girlfriend four times through the bathroom door. Earlier reports that he assumed she was an intruder have been disputed by local law enforcement, and neighbors reported hearing noises before the shots were fired.

The hearing was adjourned until February 19. Pistorius will remain in custody until then.

  1. mogogo1 - Feb 15, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Yeah, the old “I thought it was an intruder” story doesn’t work too well when the victim was locked in the bathroom. He’ll need to hope for a lesser charge like manslaughter, but the fact he shot her 4 times makes that look unlikely, as well.

  2. virusgvr - Feb 15, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    They are gonna fry this guy! I’m sure they do not tolerate that kinda riff raff down there in S.A

  3. whitdog23 - Feb 15, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    I don’t think the word ‘inspiring’ should be used with Pistorius anymore

  4. buccobrigade - Feb 16, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    Pretty easy to break down when you know you’ve been busted and will spend the rest of your life in jail.

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