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Oscar Pistorius is escorted from the Boschkop police station. Picture: Chris Collingridge

Pretoria - Two police vehicles brought Oscar Pistorius to the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Friday morning, causing a media frenzy.

A man, believed to be Pistorius, was sitting in the back seat of a police bakkie, his head covered in a jacket.

A large media contingent was waiting at the back entrance to the court in the hope of seeing the paralympian.

He was expected to appear in court on a charge of murder.

The court session was expected to start at 10am. He would apply for bail. The State said on Thursday it would oppose this. Court C itself, where he expected to appear, was packed.

His model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was shot dead at his home in the Silver Woods country estate, in Pretoria, on Thursday.

Pistorius's lawyer Kenny Oldwage said on Thursday the athlete would apply for bail. Pistorius spent Thursday night in a holding cell at the Boschkop police station.

Police said Pistorius's application for bail would be opposed.

Initial reports about the shooting suggested it was a case of mistaken identity, and that the gunman had thought Steenkamp was a burglar.

However, the police said this information had not come from them.

On Thursday morning police escorted Pistorius from his home to the Boschkop police station. He was then taken to the Mamelodi Day Clinic for blood and other tests, which police said were routine in such cases.

He was taken back to the police station, where he was escorted to a holding cell. - Sapa


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