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Oscar Pistorius accused of having testosterone and needles at his home as court hears of "non-stop shouting" before gunshots fired

Pistorius accused of having testosterone and needles at his home as court hears of 'non-stop shouting' before gunshots fired
'Non-stop' shouting heard from Pistorius' home before shooting
Court hears Reeva was shot on right side of head, in right hip and right elbowPistorius is a flight risk and shouldn't be granted bail, says detectiveUnlicensed ammunition was found at the propertyPolice say testosterone, needles found in Pistorius' bedroomPistorius has said he had been a
victim of crime and received death threats

PUBLISHED:

06:38 GMT, 20 February 2013

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UPDATED:

10:14 GMT, 20 February 2013

'Non-stop shouting' was heard coming from Blade Runner Oscar Pistorius' home before his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was shot dead, his bail hearing was told today.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel said the prosecution team has a witness who heard the shouting between 2am and 3am.

Steenkamp, aged 29, was shot three times in her arm, hip and head.

Two containers of testosterone and needles were also found in the bedroom of Pistorius.

The details were revealed as the second day of the 26-year-old athlete's bail hearing began at Pretoria Magistrates' Court.

Back in court: Oscar Pistorius on second day of bail hearing

Back in court: Oscar Pistorius on second day of bail hearing

VIDEO Pistorius arrives at court two hours early for second day of bail hearing

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In an affidavit, Paralympic star
Pistorius has denied murdering the model Steenkamp, 29, at his
home in the early hours of Thursday.

He has said the couple were in love
and he fired through his closed bathroom door, hitting the victim,
thinking a burglar or burglars were inside.

Steenkamp was hit three times and today the court heard the bullets hit her arm, hip and head.

Pistorius has said he shot her with a 9mm pistol.

Investigating officer Hilton Botha said he wanted the Olympian charged additionally with a weapons violation after unlicenced .38 calibre ammunition was found at the property on the exclusive Silver Lakes Golf Estate.

Pistorius arrived at the court
building in a police car with a blue blanket covering his head as
prosecutors prepared to detail why they are charging him with
premeditated murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend.

Under cover: A TV crew film Pistorius arriving at court with a blanket over his head

Under cover: A TV crew film Pistorius arriving at court with a blanket over his head

Oscar Pistorius stands in the dock

Oscar Pistorius stands in the dock

Today's proceedings were delayed as more than 100 journalists squeezed into court to report the hearing.

There were chaotic scenes as one
reporter fainted, an overflow room was set up to provide more space and
courtroom screens had technical problems.

Mr Botha said he arrived at Pistorius's house at 4.15am when the victim was already dead.
She was wearing white shorts, a black top and was covered in towels, the court was told.

Mr Botha said he believed Pistorius,
who won two gold medals and a silver at London's 2012 Paralympic Games,
was a flight risk and he was opposing bail.

He also told court Pistorius has offshore accounts and a property in Italy.

The court heard that two mobile phones were seized at the property and neither had been used to call the police or paramedics.

Pistorius has said he had been a
victim of crime and received death threats, but today the court heard
there were no records of this.

Police told the presiding magistrate that testosterone and needles were found in Pistorius's bedroom.

The athlete – who was sobbing this morning in court – made notes with a silver pen as the case progressed.

It was claimed the track star was
involved in another shooting at a restaurant in Johannesburg in January
and asked the gun owner to take responsibility for the incident.

Mr Botha also told the court of an
incident at Kyalami racetrack where Pistorius allegedly threatened to
“f*** up” a man during a row over a girl.

Anxious wait: Oscar Pistorius' sister Aimee, brother Carl and father Henke in the courtroom on Wednesday

Anxious wait: Oscar Pistorius' sister Aimee, brother Carl and father Henke in the courtroom on Wednesday

Inside Oscar's Bathroom - a graphic illustrating a suggested representation of the events that lead to Reeva Steenkamp's death

Prosecutors want to show why he should be denied bail. Pistorius denies the charge, and said it was an accidental shooting.

The double-amputee Olympian, his
brother, father and uncle were inside the court room as proceedings for
the bail hearing began. The room was packed for a second day.

The 26-year-old Pistorius sat in the
back of the car, which was in a convoy of three police vehicles that
entered the Pretoria Magistrate's Court through a side entrance ahead of
the second day of his bail hearing.

A detective has testified that Pistorius is a flight risk and shouldn't be granted bail.

Mr
Botha also said in the star athlete's bail hearing Wednesday that
Pistorius illegally possessed .38-caliber ammunition in a safe in his
bedroom.

Pistorius is
charged with premeditated murder for the Valentine's Day shooting death
of Steenkamp with a 9 mm pistol. The policeman testified that Pistorius
did not have a license for a .38-caliber weapon and consequently
possession of that ammunition was illegal.

Pistorius
argued in a court affidavit Tuesday that the shooting was accidental
and he thought the model was an intruder in his home.

The detective says all Pistorius would say after the shooting was 'he thought it was a burglar'.

Pistorius' attorney read out an emotional statement on Tuesday in which the
athlete denied murder.

In the statement, which Pistorius was too upset to read out himself, the
athlete said the couple were 'deeply in love', adding: 'I am absolutely
mortified by the events and the devastating loss of my beloved Reeva.'

In his statement, the 26-year-old claimed he mistook Steenkamp for a
burglar after hearing a noise in his bathroom.
Believing Steenkamp to be still in bed, he grabbed his 9mm pistol and
shouted a warning before firing shots at the toilet door.

Pistorius added: 'When I reached the bed, I realised that Reeva was not
in bed. That is when it dawned on me that it could have been Reeva who
was in the toilet.

'I returned to the bathroom calling her name. I tried to open the toilet
door but it was locked. I rushed back to the bedroom and opened the
sliding door exiting on to the balcony and screamed for help.'

According to Pistorius he then smashed his way into the toilet using a
cricket bat, finding her 'slumped over but alive'. He then phoned for an
ambulance and carried her downstairs, but she died in his arms.

Magistrate Desmond Nair ruled that the case was a schedule six offence –
meaning premeditated murder – for the purpose of the bail hearing in
Pretoria.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel told the court the victim arrived at the house
between 5pm and 6pm on Wednesday, and went to the bathroom after an
argument between the pair.
He said that at 3am Pistorius got up from his bed, walked to the
bathroom door and fired four shots through the closed door, hitting her
three times.

Nel said: 'She couldn't go anywhere. You can run nowhere.'
He told the court Pistorius later told a friend he thought she was a
burglar. Nel added: 'It was all part of the pre-planning. Why would a
burglar lock himself inside the bathroom'

The bail hearing came as Steenkamp's funeral was held in her home town of Port Elizabeth.
Steenkamp was cremated at a memorial service attended by family and
friends who had travelled from around the world. Six pallbearers carried
her coffin, draped with a white cloth and covered in white flowers.

Earlier, French fashion house Thierry Mugler became the latest high-profile sponsor to distance itself from Pistorius.

The company has announced the immediate and complete withdrawal of all
products featuring Pistorius, including its 'A*men Pure Shot' fragrance
featuring Pistorius, which was launched as a special edition to mark
last year's London Paralympics.

In addition, Thierry Mugler has removed all point-of-sale advertising
featuring Pistorius, and deleted all references to the athlete from its
website.
Two other major sponsors, Oakley and Nike, also distanced themselves
from the athlete this week. Oakley has suspended its contract with
Pistorius while Nike said it has no plans to use him in future
campaigns.

Oscar Pistorius back in court for murder bail application as funeral held for Reeva Steenkamp

Pistorius 'attached his legs, walked seven metres and shot four times': Paralympic star back in court for murder bail hearing as funeral held for girlfriend Steenkamp

PUBLISHED:

06:41 GMT, 19 February 2013

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UPDATED:

09:53 GMT, 19 February 2013

Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius shot dead his model girlfriend through a closed bathroom door, a court heard today.

A tearful Pistorius, known as the Blade Runner for his prosthetic legs, appeared in a South African court for his second appearance over the death of Reeva Steenkamp.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel told the hearing that Pistorius shot Steenkamp four times inside his Pretoria home on Thursday.

Pistorius, 26, was formally charged with the premeditated murder of his girlfriend.

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Oscar Pistorius, centre with head covered, leaves the Brooklyn Police Station on his way to court hearing on Tuesday

Bail hearing: Oscar Pistorius, centre with head covered, in a police car on his way to court on Tuesday

Solemn: Pallbearers carry the coffin of Reeva Steenkamp into the crematorium in Port Elizabeth

Solemn: Pallbearers carry the coffin of Reeva Steenkamp into the crematorium in Port Elizabeth

Emotional: Barry Steenkamp, father of Reeva (second left), arrives at the crematorium in Port Elizabeth

Emotional: Barry Steenkamp, father of Reeva (second left), arrives at the crematorium in Port Elizabeth

Respects: Springboks rugby star Francois Hougaard arrives for the memorial service

Memorial: Springboks rugby star Francois Hougaard arrives for the service

VIDEO She was good & strong. Reeva's brother remembers her ahead of funeral

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Mr Nel said the victim arrived at the house between 5pm and 6pm the night before she was killed at 3am. He said she was locked inside the small bathroom and was unarmed.

'She couldn't go anywhere. You can run nowhere,' said Mr Nel.

The prosecutor also said the athlete, who broke down in tears during the hearing, had not provided investigators with his own version of what happened.

Barry Roux, defending, said Ms Steenkamp was not murdered, and there were a number of cases where men have shot members of their own family through doors after mistaking them for burglars.

He also suggested that Pistorius broke the bathroom door down to help Ms Steenkamp after the shooting.

The charge was made as Steenkamp's
body was being driven to a church for a memorial service in the
south-coast city of Port Elizabeth. The family said members have
gathered from around the world.

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When Sportsmail's award-winning photographer Andy Hooper was invited into the home of Oscar Pistorius

Laura Williamson: It might all be finished for Pistorius but the Paralympic movement will survive

Pistorius' arrest triggered shock
across the globe and prompted rumours that he might have mistaken his
girlfriend for an intruder in what could have been a Valentine's Day
surprise gone wrong.

But police swiftly distanced
themselves from that suggestion and said there had been previous
incidents of a 'domestic nature' at Pistorius' house.

His family has vowed to fight the murder charge in the 'strongest terms'.

Pistorius's management company has
issued a statement announcing it had 'no option' but to cancel all
future races the double amputee was contracted to compete in.

Managing agent Peet Van Zyl said the athlete's 'key focus is defending himself against this serious charge'.

Pistorius, who won two gold medals
and a silver at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, was contracted to
compete in the Manchester City Games on May 25, following Qantas Tour
races in Australia on March 9 and 16 and meetings in Rio de Janeiro
(March 31) and Iowa (April 26).

Video: Pistorius arrives at court

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Journalists watched Pistorius, head
covered with a hoodie, leave the police station and arrive at the back
entrance to the courthouse in Pretoria, before 7am.

Pistorius' brother Carl and longtime
track coach Ampie Louw – the man who convinced Pistorius to take up
athletics – were also in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court building,
pointing out friends of the family that should be allowed in. Queue of
dozens of people waited to go in that public entrance.

Pistorius
was remanded in custody after a hearing on Friday at which prosecutors
said they intended to pursue a case of premeditated murder against the
athlete – which means he could face a life sentence.

And
they are set to strongly oppose a bid by Pistorius' legal team for the
Paralympic athlete to be granted bail at a court hearing.

Breakdown: Oscar Pistorius wept uncontrollably in court as the charge was read out

Shocking: Oscar Pistorius was charged with murdering his girlfriend on Valentine's Day at his Pretoria home

Grisly scenes: A graphic cartoon strip has been published depicting the last moments before Oscar Pistorius allegedly shot his girlfriend dead

Grisly scenes: A graphic cartoon strip has been published depicting the last moments before Oscar Pistorius allegedly shot his girlfriend dead

Home: Neighbours of the athlete say they heard noise from the house (pictured today) just before the authorities arrived

Concern: Police say that there had been previous incidents of a 'domestic nature' at Pistorius's property

Police
swiftly distanced themselves from an initial suggestion that Pistorius
may have mistaken his girlfriend for an intruder in what could have been
a Valentine's Day surprise gone wrong.

They added that there had been previous incidents of a 'domestic nature' at Pistorius's property.
His family has vowed to fight the murder charge in the 'strongest terms'.

Pistorius's best friend claimed the
sports star called him minutes after the shooting telling him 'there has
been a terrible accident', according to the Sunday People.

Justin Divaris said: 'It's all very sad. Oscar called me at 3.55am saying that Reeva had been shot.
It was very traumatic. By the time we got there it was already a crime scene and we weren't allowed in the house.'

Pistorius's father said he had 'zero doubt' Miss Steenkamp's death was a
tragic accident and that his son may have acted 'on instinct'.

Henke Pistorius said he believed the model was killed after being mistaken for an intruder at his son's house.

Pistorius and girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

Support: Pistorius's father said he had 'zero doubt' Miss Steenkamp's death was a
tragic accident

The funeral of Reeva Steenkamp also takes place today

The funeral of Reeva Steenkamp also takes place today

He said: 'When you are a sportsman, you act even more on instinct.

'It's instinct – things happen and that's what you do.'

Meanwhile Steenkamp's mother has paid tribute to her daughter, describing her as the 'most beautiful person who ever lived.'

Mrs Steenkamp told South African newspaper The Times: 'She loved like no one else could love.

'She had so much of herself to give and now all of it is gone. Just like
that, she is gone … In the blink of an eye and a single breath, the
most beautiful person who ever lived is no longer here.

'All we have is this horrendous death to deal with … to get to grips
with. All we want are answers … answers as to why this had to happen,
why our beautiful daughter had to die like this.'

Oscar Pistorius may have beaten Reeva Steenkamp with a cricket bat before shooting her

Was Steenkamp's skull crushed with bloodied cricket bat 'found' at Pistorius's house Horrific new claims about model's shocking death on Valentine's Day
South African police reportedly found a bloodied cricket bat at his homeAthlete's best friend claims Pistorius called him moments after shooting
Reeva Steenkamp, 29, had been dating Oscar Pistorious since November
She was shot dead on Valentine’s Day at his gated mansion in South Africa
'There is no hatred in our hearts' says model's father Barry SteenkampRumours about Springbok Francois Hougaard's friendship with Miss Steenkamp have been rubbished by the rugby player's agent

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Blade Runner: Pistorius ran in both the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics last year

Some in South Africa have speculated
about the nature of Miss Steenkamp’s friendship with Springbok rugby
player Francois Hougaard, and whether this played a part in the tragedy.

The 24-year-old was keen to distance
himself from such reports at the weekend. His agent said: ‘This whole
sad ordeal has got nothing to do with him.’

Last night Pistorius’s agent said he had withdrawn him from all planned races but insisted his sponsors were sticking by him.

The tragedy has also cast fresh light on Pistorius’s apparent attraction to danger and weaponry.

Tragic: Mr Steenkamp, a horse trainer, wept as he said he and his wife June were at 'a complete loss'

Miss Steenkamp's father Barry wept as he said he and his wife June were at 'a complete loss'

As well as owning a pistol and
machine gun, at the time of Miss Steenkamp’s death he reportedly had
seven outstanding firearm licence applications.

One was for same type of assault rifle used in the recent Sandy Hook school massacre in the US.

Pistorius, who was charged with
premeditated murder at a court appearance on Friday, spent the weekend
in a police cell ahead of a second hearing planned for tomorrow at which
his lawyers are expected to ask for bail.

Police say they will oppose the request.

VIDEO Pistorius' sister Aimee and agent visit him in the cells

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VIDEO Devastated family of Oscar Pistorius read statement

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VIDEO Reality TV show releases clips of Pistorius' dead girlfriend Steenkamp

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Nike advert from 2011 features Oscar Pistorius as "the bullet in the chamber"

The bullet in the chamber: How Nike advert described Blade Runner Pistorius in 2011…

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

13:14 GMT, 14 February 2013

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UPDATED:

14:00 GMT, 14 February 2013

A Nike advertising campaign has emerged which describes Oscar Pistorius as ‘the bullet in the chamber’.

The advert is believed to date back to 2011 but has re-emerged on the morning the Paralympic gold medallist, one of the most famous athletes on the planet, has been charged with murder following the death of his model girlfriend.

The 26-year-old allegedly shot Reeva Steenkamp, 30, who died of gunshot wounds at his home.

Advert: The Nike poster with Pistorius and the slogan

Advert: The Nike poster with Pistorius and the slogan

Pre-Paralympics: The advert dates back to 2011The advert dates back to 2011

Pre-Paralympics: The advert dates back to 2011

Neighbours called the police and arrived to find paramedics trying in vain to save her life.

Pistorius is due to appear in a Pretoria court tomorrow morning when police said they would oppose a bail application.

Another Nike advert shows a picture of the athlete and reads: ‘I was born without bones below the knee. I only stand 5ft 2. But this is the body I have been given.

'This is my weapon. How I conquer. How I wage my war. This is how I have broken the world record 49 times.

'How I become the fastest thing on no legs. This is my weapon. This is how I fight.’

Police spokeswoman Lieutenant
Colonel Katlego Mogale said police were called to Pistorius' house in the
Silver Lakes district at around 5am local time (3am GMT).

The call
came from a neighbour.

A 9mm pistol was recovered and the woman’s body was removed from the scene.

Pistorius was arrested at the scene as investigations began.

The athlete will appear in court tomorrow morning charged with the murder of his girlfriend

Charged: The athlete will appear in court tomorrow morning charged with the murder of his girlfriend

Double amputee Pistorius made history last summer by competing in the Olympic Games for his country, becoming the first amputee sprinter to do so.

He competed in the 400m and 4x400m relay at the Olympics and won two gold medals in the Paralympics in London.

The Johannesburg-born athlete, who was born without fibulas in his legs and had the limbs amputated below the knee when he was 11 months old, had to win a legal battle over his blades with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) in 2008 for the right to run in able-bodied competition.

Oscar Pistorius charged with murder: Reeva Steenkamp dead

Blade Runner Pistorius charged with murder after girlfriend is found shot dead at his home in South Africa

Pistorius in custodySprinter believed to have told police he thought girlfriend was an intruderDead woman is former FHM model Reeva SteenkampShe was shot several times in the head, chest and the armMedia reporting it could have been a Valentine's Day surprise gone wrongIncident happened on his Pretoria farm, north-east of Johannesburg at 3am

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Star attraction: Pistorius competed at both the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

Star attraction: Pistorius competed at both the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games
When Sportsmail met the Blade Runner:

This is an extract from an interview in August 2011 with Pistorius at his home, a year before Olympics.

Sportsmail's Jonathan McEvoy: 'This being South Africa, one baseball bat and one cricket bat lie behind Pistorius's bedroom door. A revolver is at his bedside. A machine gun by his window.'

It was reported that his girlfriend, former FHM model Miss Steenkamp, 30, was trying to surprise him for Valentine's Day and he thought she was an intruder.

He is expected to appear in Pretoria
Magistrates’ Court later on Thursday.

Police revealed that a 9mm pistol was
recovered from the scene and that 26-year-old Pistorius had been taken into custody. The
woman was apparently shot four times.

Police spent the morning investigating the scene and taking statements are being taken from neighbours.

Paramedics were called to the house
after the shooting and attempted to resuscitate the woman before
declaring her dead at the scene.

Access all areas: Sportsmail were allowed into Pretorius' Pretoria home last year

Access all areas: Sportsmail were allowed into Pretorius' Pretoria home last year

Access all areas: Sportsmail were allowed into Pretorius' Pretoria home last year

Access all areas: Sportsmail were allowed into Pretorius' Pretoria home last year
Pistorius' medal haul:

Paralympics

2004 Athens – Bronze 100 m (T44) Gold 200 m (T44)
2008 Beijing – Gold 100 m (T44) Gold 200 m (T44) Gold 400 m (T44)
2012 London – Silver 200 m (T44) Gold 400 m (T44) Gold 4 100 m relay (T42–T46)

World Championships

Daegu 2011 – Silver 4 400 m relay

Police spokeswoman Katlego Mogale said: 'I can confirm that a woman has been fatally wounded in a shooting at Oscar Pistorius' house.

'A 26-year-old man has been taken into custody.

'The incident happened at
3am. We received a call and attended the scene. The call did not come
from the man in custody but from another person.

'Currently there is an inquiry into what happened.'

A police spokesman added: ‘We can't
comment on his emotional well-being, but he is traumatised after losing
someone close to him.’

Sarit Tomlinson, Steenkamp’s
publicist, told Sky News: ‘She was the sweetest human being and an
absolute angel on earth. She was the kindest, most unbelievable girl.

Flying the flag: Pistorius leads out his fellow South Africans at the Paralympics

Flying the flag: Pistorius leads out his fellow South Africans at the Paralympics

Flying the flag: Pistorius leads out his fellow South Africans at the Paralympics

This tragedy has happened before:

A former South African rugby player was charged with murder in 2004 after he mistook his daughter for a car thief and shot her dead in the family’s driveway.

Rudi Visagie thought his 19-year-old daughter Marle was asleep when he heard her Volkswagen Golf being driven away in Maggiesdal, in the Mpumalanga province.

He got out of bed, took his 7.65mm pistol, and fired a shot through the bedroom window.

When he went outside he found his daughter slumped behind the wheel. She was declared dead upon arrival at hospital an hour later.

She had been on her way to surprise her boyfriend on his birthday.

‘They had been together for a couple
of months and it had been a healthy, fabulous relationship. At the
moment it’s shocking. No-one knows what’s happened.

‘She was a rising star. There was so much in the pipeline for her: she was just about to explode into the media.

‘She was a very talented, very bright young girl. It’s too shocking for words. We’ll miss her so much, too much. Our condolences go to her family.’

Steenkamp tweeted just hours before her death: 'What do you have up your sleeve for your love tomorrow #getexcited #ValentinesDay'

Pistorius recently took a New York Times
reporter to a shooting range with a 9mm handgun. The article which
followed reads: 'Pistorius was a good coach. A couple of my shots got
close to the bull’s-eye, which delighted him. “Maybe you should do this
more,” he said. “If you practiced, I think you could be pretty deadly.” I
asked him how often he came to the range. “Just sometimes when I can’t
sleep,” he said.'

Peet van Zyl, Pistorius' manager who assisted at the scene on Thursday morning, said he would not comment.

Tragedy: The woman found dead is believed to be Reeva Steenkamp (left)

Tragedy: The woman found dead is believed to be Reeva Steenkamp (left)

'I can only confirm there was an incident and a woman was killed,' Van Zyl told Beeld. 'I do not want to speculate about what happened.'

Arnu
Fourie, Pistorius' room-mate during last year's Paralympics, said shortly
after he heard the news, 'my heart is broken for Oscar'.

Fourie said after he practised on
Thursday morning in Stellenbosch that he had dozens of messages on his
phone about the incident.

'I feel for Oscar and the girl's family, I pray for him and her family, I can not imagine how they feel,' Fourie added.

Investigation: A forensics van drives away from the estate where Pistorius lives

Investigation: A forensics van drives away from the estate where Pistorius lives

'Poor Oscar in his life had so many disappointments and tough times. Now. My heart is broken.'

The International Paralympic Committee expressed sorrow on hearing of the incident.

In a statement, it said: 'Following the
news of the alleged shooting incident involving South African athlete
Oscar Pistorius this morning, the International Paralympic Committee
(IPC) will not be passing any comment on the case at this time.

'This is a police matter, with a
formal investigation currently underway. Therefore it would be
inappropriate for the IPC to comment on this incident until the official
police process has concluded.

Poster boy: Pistorius was billed as one of the heroes of London 2012

Poster boy: Pistorius was billed as one of the heroes of London 2012

'The IPC would like to offer its deepest sympathy and condolences to all families involved in this case.'

Gideon Sam, president of the South
African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC), said he did
not want to say anything until he did not have more details.

'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,' a statement read.

Pistorius' tattoos:

Body art: Pistorius shows off one of his tattoos - a bible passage

Oscar Pistorius has two tattoos – each with a deep personal significance.

On the inside of his right arm, he has his mother's date of birth and date of death tattooed.

His mother Sheila died 10 years ago, at the age of 42, from an allergic reaction to her medication and Pistorius credits her as being a major influence in his life.

When his mother made the decision to
amputate his legs at 11 months, she wrote him a letter which read: 'The
real loser is never the person who crosses the finishing line last. The
real loser is the person who sits on the side. The person who does not
even try to compete.'

On his left shoulder (right), he a version of
the Bible verse 1 Corinthians 9:26-27, which begins: 'I do not run like a
man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. I
execute each strike with intent. I beat my body and make it my
slave…'

Behind the scenes: Pistorius plays with his dogs and his guitar at his home last year

Behind the scenes: Pistorius plays with his dogs and his guitar at his home last year

Behind the scenes: Pistorius plays with his dogs and his guitar at his home last year
The reaction on Twitter:

Adam Gemili, British sprinter: 'Terrible news to wake up to about Oscar Pistorius! Thoughts are with him!'

Michael Rimmer, British Olympic 800m runner: '#PrayersForoscar'

Jessica Ennis, British Olympic gold medallist: 'Woken up to the horrendous news about Oscar Pistorius mistakenly shooting his girlfriend. What an awful tragedy.'

Phillips Idowu, British triple jumper: 'Waking up to extremely sad news about Oscar Pistorius mistakenly shooting his girlfriend. Terrible tragedy, thoughts & prayers with you.'

Sarah Storey, British Paralympian: 'Such sad news that Oscar mistook his girlfriend for an intruder :('

Michael Owen, ex-England footballer: ' My word, if these reports on @SkyNewsBreak are true, this story regarding Oscar Pistorius accidentally killing his girlfriend is horrific.'

Iwan Thomas, former British 400m runner: 'I am in total shock to hear the news about athlete and friend Oscar, my thoughts are with him and all involved. That's all I have to say'

Gurthro Steenkamp, South African rugby player: 'My condolences and prayer go out to the family and friends of #ReevaSteenkamp and #Oscar ! #shocked'

Marlon Devonish, former British sprinter: 'Terrible and tragic news about
@OscarPistorius my heart goes out to all involved.'

Danny Cipriani, England rugby player: 'It's shocking to read the Oscar Pistorius
story as an Englishman, shows the level of worry and crime in SA.'

'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.'

Pistorius,
nicknamed the Blade Runner, made history at the London Olympics last
year when he became the first double-amputee runner to compete on the
track at the Games and is one of South Africa's most famous sportsmen and a national hero.

Having had both his legs amputated
below the knee when he was less than a year old, he campaigned for years
to be allowed to compete against able-bodied athletes and finally was
cleared by sport's highest court to be able to run at the top events.

He competed in the 400 metres and on
South Africa's 4×400 relay team at the London Games and also retained
his Paralympic title in the 400 metres in London.

South Africa has some of the world's
highest rates of violent crime and some home-owners carry weapons to
defend themselves against intruders.

Great Britain’s 400m runner Martyn Rooney had been living and training with Pistorius in Gauteng until only three days ago.

Pistorius was scheduled to run two races in Australia next month – the Sydney Track Classic on Saturday, March 9 and the Go for 2&5 Perth Track Classic on Saturday, March 16.

On January 19 he took part in the Africa Cup of Nations opening ceremony, carrying a South African flag onto the field in his capacity as ‘the ambassador of peace for the African Union’.

On February 7 he presented the Deloitte Outstanding Contribution to South Africa Sport trophy to AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla, Jacques Rudolph and Faf Du Plessis who collected the award on behalf of the South African cricket team. Pistorius won the award last year.

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No fear: Pistorius poses for Sportsmail's Andy Hooper last year

No fear: Pistorius poses for Sportsmail's Andy Hooper last year

OSCAR PISTORIUS FACT FILE

1986: Born November 22, in Pretoria, South Africa, without the fibula in both legs.
1987: October – aged 11 months, his
parents make the decision to have his legs amputated below the knee.
Despite this he played rugby, water polo and tennis as a schoolboy.
2004: January – After shattering his
right knee playing rugby he reverts to athletics at the age of 17. Runs
the 100 metres at an open competition at the Pilditch Stadium in
Pretoria. Despite only training for two months, he sets a new world
record of 11.51sec.
September: Wins gold in the 200m at
the Paralympic Games in Athens, setting a new world record of 21.97sec,
and bronze in the 100m.
2005: March – Competes in the open/able-bodied category at the South African Open Championships, finishing sixth in the 400m.
May 15 – Wins the 100m and 200m at the Paralympic World Cup in Manchester, both in world record times.
2006: September – Wins three golds in the 100m, 200m and 400m at the IPC World Championships in Holland.
2007: April – Breaks his own 100m and
200m world records at the Nedbank Championships for the Physically
Disabled, winning gold in both events.
December 9 – Awarded the BBC Sports
Personality of the Year Helen Rollason award, for outstanding courage
and achievement in the face of adversity.
2008: January – Athletics' world
governing body the IAAF rules that Pistorius' prosthetic legs are
ineligible for use in competitions conducted under its rules, including
the Olympic Games.
February – Appeals against the IAAF's decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
May – Makes Time magazine's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
May 16 – Court of Arbitration for Sport reverses the IAAF's ban, allowing Pistorius to try to qualify for the Olympics.
July 16 – Pistorius fails in his final
attempt to achieve the able-bodied Olympic qualifying time for the 400m,
despite running a personal best of 46.25sec.
September – Competes at the Paralympic
Games in Beijing, winning the 100m, 200m (in a Paralympic record time)
and the 400m (in a world record time).
2011: July 19 – Sets personal best in 400m of 45.07sec, meeting the World Championship and Olympic Games qualification mark.
August – Included in the South Africa
team for the World Championships in Daegu. Qualifies for the semi-finals
of the 400m.
Runs the opening leg of a semi-final
4x400m relay as South Africa set a national record, but not selected for
the final where his country win silver.
2012: July 4 – Named in the South African Olympic team for the 400m and the 4x400m relay.
August 4 – Becomes the first amputee
runner at the Olympics when he finishes second in a 400m heat. He was
eliminated at the semi-final stage.
August 9 – Part of the South Africa
team which finishes eighth in the 4x400m final. Pistorius is chosen to
carry his country's flag at the closing ceremony.
August 29 – Carries the flag at the Paralympics closing ceremony.
September 2 – Finishes second in the
final of the 200m T44 classification, squandering a lengthy lead to Alan
Oliveira. After the race, Pistorius raises issue with the length of his
Brazilian rival's blades, causing a huge media storm. Later apologises.
September 8 – Secures gold in the 400m at the Paralympic Games.
2013: February 14 – A 30-year-old woman
is shot and killed at Pistorius' home in Pretoria. Police question a
26-year-old man, reported locally to be Pistorius, over the shooting.

Oscar Pistorius to compete in Alfred Dunhill Links Championship

Man of many talents: Blade Runner Pistorius set to compete in Dunhill Links Championship

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'Blade Runner' Oscar Pistorius will compete in next week's Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Fife.

The South African Olympian and Paralympian, who runs on carbon fibre blades, plays off an 18 handicap and will feature in the team competition which sees amateurs competing alongside professionals.

Many talents: Oscar Pistorius is an adept golfer and plays off 18

Many talents: Oscar Pistorius is an adept golfer and plays off 18

Pistorius, who won two gold medals and a silver at the London Paralympics, said: 'I am a big golf fan and love the game.

'I have never played St Andrews, Carnoustie or Kingsbarns before, so playing them in a world-class event is a unique opportunity.

'There is so much history at St Andrews, every golfer longs to play there.'

Other amateurs featuring along with 10 Major winners include actor Greg Kinnear, musician Huey Lewis and former Dutch footballers Ruud Gullit and Johan Cruyff.

Ernie Els and Paul Lawrie are among the professionals who will tee off on Thursday, along with holder Michael Hoey.

Blade Runner: Pistorius competed at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London

Blade Runner: Pistorius competed at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London

London 2012 Paralympics: Oscar Pistorius should have taken defeat in his stride – Jonathan McEvoy

You should have taken defeat in your stride, Blade Runner

By
Sportsmail Reporter

PUBLISHED:

21:41 GMT, 3 September 2012

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21:41 GMT, 3 September 2012

Oscar Pistorius is capable of immense charm. He shows it to the fellow in the car park who helps him reverse out of a space as he throws him the few coins that make a difference to South Africa’s dispossessed.

It was the same welcoming personality that led him to invite me into his home on a guarded estate in Pretoria last year. Cricket and baseball bats lay behind the door, a pistol by his bed and a machine gun by a window.

It is a disconcerting scene to this British visitor but just everyday protection in his sometimes troubled homeland. The weapons juxtapose his simple friendliness. When I visited he was faultlessly welcoming, meeting me on time, finding me somewhere to stay and driving me back to the airport.

Sheepish: Pistorius (left) collects his silver medal on Monday

Sheepish: Pistorius (left) collects his silver medal on Monday

He cooked lunch at his bachelor pad, frying chicken cubes and throwing them into an avocado salad. He fished out a beer for me – how Fleet Street’s reputation goes before us – and took a water for himself.

Reputations – his, not ours – have preceded him here in London these last few dizzying, disorientating weeks. He is the poster boy of the Paralympics who was introduced to the crowd as ‘the great Oscar Pistorius’. Before that he was the pioneer who beat disability and opposition to become the first amputee to run in the Olympics.

All of the above makes it a sadness that at least a little of his lustre was rubbed away on Sunday night when he criticised the man who took what the watching world imagined would be Pistorius’s gold medal in the 200 metres.

His comments were unsporting because, on this one, Oscar has not got a prosthetic leg to stand on. Alan Oliveira’s blades fall within the rules. Furthermore, Oliveira took six more strides in the final than Pistorius. He also ran slower in winning than Pistorius had in his semi-final, 21.45sec to 20.30sec.

Alas, Pistorius will be remembered by many as a petulant prima donna, an athlete who charms only when he is winning. He has shown a fast temper before, walking out of a BBC radio interview last year when he was asked whether he was an ‘inconvenient embarrassment’ to the authorities because his battle to take part in able-bodied competitions took them into ‘uncharted ethical waters’.

Contradiction: Pistorius has fought to compete with able-bodied athletes

Contradiction: Pistorius has fought to compete with able-bodied athletes

In passing, however, let’s note that Pistorius’s comments about Oliveira, while misguided, happily cut through the sometimes sugary sermonising that has attached itself to the Paralympic narrative. They showed the Paralympics matter.

Pistorius is from a rich mining family and his earnings are estimated at around 1million a year. He is an icon of African sport and the best known Paralympian in history. His success is the story of bloody-minded triumph over adversity – the characteristics that led him to the frustrated outburst here in London.

He was born without a fibula in either leg. His parents Henk and Sheila made the agonising decision to go ahead with the double amputation when he was 11 months old. He remembers: ‘My father became an expert on amputation. He spoke to doctors all around the world.

‘So when one doctor said I should have an amputation above the knee rather than below, he refused to pay the bill for the advice. He knew that the doctor was being flippant.’ That is an excellent example of the Pistorius attitude to life. Like father, like son.

Young Oscar was a livewire. When he played in sand two children asked him why he left holes rather than footprints. He was not perturbed. His mother Sheila, the biggest influence on his life, would simply put shoes on his brother Carl’s feet and prosthetic legs on his stumps.

Pistorius wrestled, played tennis, cricket, water polo and rugby. He turned to athletics only after a crushing rugby injury.

Contradiction: Pistorius has fought to compete with able-bodied athletes

By then he was a pupil at the strict, traditional English-speaking Pretoria Boys High School and had lost his beloved mother after an allergic reaction to medication. She was 42. Her dates of birth and death are tattooed on his arm. He says a silent prayer to her before every race.

Sheila wrote a letter to her son before his amputation. It was intended for him to read when he was older. ‘The real loser is never the person who crosses the finishing line last. The real loser is the person who sits on the side.’

It was that mantra that is Pistorius’s guiding credo. So when he was told his prosthetic limbs gave him an advantage against able-bodied runners and that he was, therefore, barred from competing against them, he fought all the way.

He employed the best lawyers and scientists to prove that the athletics federation, the IAAF, were wrong to prevent his participation. Via the Court of Arbitration for Sport, he won his case five years ago.

Defending his position, he once told me: ‘It’s like you interviewing an able-bodied sprinter and asking him if his pair of shoes make him great. He spends half his life saying, “It’s not my shoes; it’s my training”.

‘I’m training s*** hard. And if my shoes are so great, why are other Paralympians not running the times I am’ When they are, as Oliveira is, the sometime charming, incredible, trail-blazing Pistorius would do well to remember his own words.

London 2012 Paralympics: Oscar Pistorius loses T44 200 metres title

Angry Oscar beaten by a length: Controversy as the Blade Runner loses his title

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In typically self-effacing fashion, Oscar Pistorius said a week ago he ‘would try’ to retain his Paralympic T44 200 metres title in London.

In his polite, mild-mannered way he said it ‘would be nice’ to win his third consecutive gold medal over half a lap of the track.

‘I know the guys are getting stronger and it’s nice to see the sport evolve,’ said the only amputee athlete to compete at both the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Those words came when we sat down at a track in Barking, east London, after a training session. Pistorius made me a cup of coffee — careful to ask would I like caffeinated or decaf, milk or sugar – and explained how he had not done any raw speed work over the past four years.

Dejected: Oscar Pistorius lost his Paralympic T44 200m title

Dejected: Oscar Pistorius lost his Paralympic T44 200m title

He talked about running his first
100m race for 16 months in Warsaw, Poland, and how he had put on three
kilograms of muscle since the Olympics after two weeks of intensive
sprint training.

Pistorius, 25, concentrates on the
400m these days, the event in which he has represented South Africa at
the World Championships and now the Olympic Games. It sounded like the
most well-known Paralympian on the planet was getting his excuses in
early.

Some six days later, on Saturday
night, he set a 200m world record for double amputees below the knee,
running 21.30 seconds to qualify for last night’s final.

Pistorius looked a certain winner
coming into the home straight last night but Alan Oliveira of Brazil
came out of nowhere, with a flying final 30 metres, to pip him on the
line to win in 21.45sec. It was the first time the South African has
been beaten over 200m in the Paralympics.

Pistorius does not normally deal in
excuses. The South African, after all, grew up with a mother, Sheila,
who used to tell his brother Carl to put his shoes on and Oscar to put
his legs on and ‘that’s the last I want to hear of it’.

Pistorius has a tattoo on his left shoulder that says: ‘I do not run like a man running aimlessly.’

The new, leaner athlete looks very
different to the chunky former rugby player who won three Paralympic
gold medals in Beijing. But the 17kg he has shed in the past four years
and the strides he has made in non-disabled competition have only
strengthened his resolve to write his name in the second chapter of his
remarkable London 2012 story. It is crucial that the Paralympics’ most
famous face is seen to take the competition seriously.

‘Everybody was saying I don’t care
about the Paralympic Games and I can’t peak for both,’ said Pistorius.
‘But I’ve proved everybody wrong.

‘I’ve been overwhelmed just thinking
about coming back out here and I’ll tell you what — the crowds are
exactly the same (as during the Olympics).’

He even had time to criticise the
‘new’ longer legs of some of his rivals, particularly his conqueror,
Oliveira, and Blake Leeper from the USA, who finished behind him in
third. Pistorius believes their longer prostheses are giving them a
longer stride.

‘There is definitely something up
with the length of the prosthetic legs,’ he said. ‘Alan was shorter than
me but now he’s taller. The same with Blake Leeper. It’s a problem
because the rules allow the guys to make themselves a lot longer —
longer than what they would have been (had they not been double
amputees).

‘I don’t take away from their
performances, I think they’re great athletes, but it’s very clear that
the guys have got very long strides.’

After his defeat, he said of the
winner: ‘Those blades are too long. We are not racing a fair race. It’s
absolutely ridiculous. We asked the organisers to address it, but it has
fallen on deaf ears.’

Pistorius is obliged to wear the same
blades that he used in the Olympic Games, whereas the athletes who are
entered only for the Paralympics can use whatever blades they like.

Elsewhere on the track last night, Great Britain’s Graeme Ballard and Libby Clegg both won silver over 100m.

Ballard, 33, who has cerebral palsy,
came second in the T36 sprint. The world record-holder could not match
his personal best of 11.98sec, set in Manchester in May this year,
clocking 12.24 behind Evgenii Shvetcov, who set a Para-lympic record of
12.08.

Clegg’s parents dashed over from the
Aquatics Centre after watching their son, James, win bronze in the S12
100m butterfly to see their daughter achieve her second consecutive
silver over 100m.

Libby, 22, who has Stargardt disease,
a deteriorating eye condition, could not match her world championship
gold with guide Mikail Huggins, despite setting a European record of
12.13.

London 2012 Paralympics: Oscar Pistorius sets new world record in T44 200m

History boy: Pistorius secures his place in the record books after setting new T44 200m time

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Oscar Pistorius returned to London and to Paralympic competition with a new world record on Saturday night.

The South African, who last month became the first amputee sprinter to compete in an Olympics, clocked 21.30 seconds to win his heat of the T44 200m with effortless ease.

His crossover into able-bodied competition has made the Blade Runner is a Paralympic icon and he received a huge ovation from the capacity crowd at the Olympic Stadium.

In a league of his own: Oscar Pistorius breaks the world record with a time of 21.30 as he competes in the Men's 200m

In a league of his own: Oscar Pistorius breaks the world record with a time of 21.30 as he competes in the Men's 200m

Speed king: Pistorius set the record in the heats

Speed king: Pistorius set the record in the heats

Out in front: Pistorius is the face of the Paralympics

Out in front: Pistorius is the face of the Paralympics

'I just wanted to come out tonight and have a good race,' he told Channel 4.

'It makes me so happy to be here. I'm happy with the time.

'Tomorrow's the big race (the final) and I am looking forward to it. To run in front of such an amazing stadium is mind-blowing.'