NewsSouthern AfricaBlade Runner, Oscar Pistorius accidentally shoots girlfriend dead on Valentine's day

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Posted on Thursday, 14 February 2013 11:23

Blade Runner, Oscar Pistorius accidentally shoots girlfriend dead on Valentine's day

Pistorius hit international headlines as the first double amputee ever to run in the Olympic games/Photo©ReutersSouth African police have confirmed that they have charged Olympic sprint star Oscar Pistorius with the Valentine's Day murder of his model girlfriend, playing down reports she was mistaken for a burglar.

"I can confirm that a suspect has been charged, he has been charged with murder," said lieutenant colonel Katlego Mogale after the shooting at Pistorius's upscale home in Pretoria.

Police and Pistorius's family confirmed that there was only one suspect in the case and that the athlete had been taken into custody, with police saying they will oppose bail. Pistorius will spend the night in jail and would appear in Court on Friday.

The extra-ordinary sports star, known as the Blade Runner because of the carbon fibre blades he runs on after having his legs amputated below the knee, allegedly accidentally shot dead his girlfriend on Thursday morning, according to Beeld newspaper.

"I can confirm to you that a 26-year-old suspect will be appearing in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court this afternoon following a shooting at Oscar Pistorius' house," spokeswoman Lt-Col Katlego Mogale said.

Pistorius hit international headlines as the first double amputee ever to run in the Olympic games and reached the 400m semifinals at the 2012 London Olympics.

According to reports, he had mistaken her for an intruder. Pistorius is a high profile household name and sporting royalty in the South Africa.

Police confirmed the woman was shot in the arm and head and died on the scene.

Mogale confirmed police were called to Pistorius's home in the Silver Lakes Golf Estate in Boschkop, Pretoria, on Thursday morning following a shooting.

"Paramedics declared the woman dead on the scene and police proceeded with their investigation.

"The woman sustained wounds to her head and the upper body," Mogale said.

A 9mm pistol was recovered.

Earlier on, Mogale said a 26-year-old was expected to appear in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court later on Thursday and the victim's name could only be released once her next of kin had been informed.

Meanwhile the Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee, Sascoc said they could not comment on the shooting.

"Sascoc, like the rest of the public, knows no more than what is in the public domain, which is there has been an alleged fatal shooting on the basis of a mistaken identity and an apparent assumption of a burglary," the Olympic body said in a statement.

"The organisation is in no position to comment on the incident other than to say our deepest sympathy and condolences have been expressed to the families of all concerned."

The shooting has yet again highlighted the nervousness of people about security and fears about high crime rates in the country.

Updated 14/02/2013



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