Pistorius’s bail application resumes

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IOL pic feb20 oscar pistorius track Reuters Oscar Pistorius arrives on the track before his men's 200m T44 classification heat at the Olympic Stadium at the London 2012 Paralympic Games in this September 1, 2012, file photograph. The South African sports star has been charged in connection with the shooting of his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp.

Johannesburg - Paralympian Oscar Pistorius's bail application will run into its second day in Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

Pistorius was arrested on Thursday morning after his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was shot dead at his home in Pretoria’s Silver Woods country estate. He was charged with murder on Friday.

The state intends arguing that the murder was premeditated.

Pistorius was emotional on Tuesday when his affidavit was read to the court, but his brother Carl was there to support him.

In the 10-page affidavit read to the court by his advocate Barry Roux, Pistorius denied the murder allegation “in the strongest terms”.

The court heard: “I fail to understand how I could be charged with murder, let alone premeditated murder, as I had no intention to kill my girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.”

His version of events was presented in application for bail on the same day that Steenkamp's memorial service was held in Port Elizabeth, more than 1 000km away. - Sapa


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