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Posted on Tuesday, 19 February 2013 16:06

Pistorius gives his side of the story in court

Oscar Pistorius has denied murder allegations in court/Photo©ReutersParalympian Oscar Pistorius' bail application was postponed until Wednesday after the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Tuesday heard that he had not intended to kill his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.


The South African born star's dramatic fall from grace has dominated local and international headlines since, what has come to be called, the Valentine's Day murder.

There was a large media contingent at the Court and a brief scuffle broke out for space inside the Court.

According to reports, Pistorius had been teary the whole morning, but when the affidavit, marked "Exhibit A" was produced during his bail application, he began sobbing, his body shaking.

In an affidavit read out to the court, Pistorius denied murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on the morning of St Valentine's Day.

"I deny the allegation in the strongest terms. Nothing can be further from the truth," he said in the affidavit, which was read by his advocate Barry Roux.

Pistorius had a chance to give his side of the story.

"I sleep with my 9mm under my bed. I woke up to close the sliding door and heard a noise in the bathroom.

"I was scared and didn't switch on the light. I got my gun and moved towards the bathroom. I screamed at the intruder.

Because I did not have my legs on I felt vulnerable. I fired shots through the bathroom door and told Reeva to call police.

I walked back to the bed and realised Reeva was not in bed. Its then it dawned on me it could be her in there.

I kicked the door open, called paramedics and complex security. I tried to carry her down stairs" read the affidavit that was made available to the media.

Reeva's funeral

The bail hearing was postponed to Wednesday.

"You will remain in custody until the court reconvenes at 9am tomorrow," said magistrate Desmond Nair.

The postponement was to give the legal teams time to respond to affidavits presented to the court, and to ask questions, Nair said.

Pistorius will spend another night in a police cell in Pretoria.

Pistorius, a double amputee, who runs on carbon fibre blades, was the first amputee to participate in the Olympics.

Meanwhile, in an emotional farewell, Steenkamp's funeral was held in Port Elizabeth, about 1100km from Pretoria, on Tuesday morning.

The farewell was a private affair and the media barred from the funeral parlour.

According to Eyewitness News, Steenkamp's brother Adam said he was not focusing on what was happening with the court case in Pretoria.

He has been cautious not to make any accusatory public statements, saying Pistorius "had his own demons to deal with".

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