Athlete Oscar Pistorius weeps in court in Pretoria at his bail hearing in the murder case of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
Athlete Oscar Pistorius weeps in court in Pretoria at his bail hearing in the murder case of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Oscar Pistorius charged with the murder of his girlfriend

A SOUTH Africa prosecutor has charged Olympian Oscar Pistorius with the murder of his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

The 26-year-old appeared in the dock at the Pretoria court in a black suit, blue shirt and grey tie and stared straight ahead anxiously.

State prosecutor Gerrie Nel said that Pistorius killed an ''innocent and unarmed woman'' in a premeditated murder.

The prosecutor said that Pistorius shot Steenkamp four times through the bathroom door of his home in a guarded and gated complex in the South African capital. Nel told the court the door had been broken open.

''There is no possible explanation to support his report that it was a burglar,'' Nel told the court.

Oscar Pistorius of South Africa prepares for his race in the Men's 400m Round 1 heat on Day 8 of the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Oscar Pistorius of South Africa prepares for his race in the Men's 400m Round 1 heat on Day 8 of the 2012 London Olympic Games. Julia Vynokurova / Getty Images

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