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Oscar shoots, kills girlfriend

2013-02-14 15:00

Johannesburg - South African police said on Thursday they have charged Olympic sprint star Oscar "Blade Runner" 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.

The 26-year-old, a national icon who made history when he became the first double-amputee to compete in the Olympics last year, was expected to appear in court shortly charged with the killing of 30-year-old model Reeva Steenkamp.

"He is with the police and the matter is in the hands of the authorities," his father Henke Pistorius said.

"Obviously we are shocked. Our thoughts are with the family of the woman involved in this tragedy," he said.

Police said the deceased, identified by friends as Steenkamp, was shot four times and died at the scene.

She was described by Sarit Tomlins of her management agency as "the kindest, sweetest human being; an angel on earth."

Police expressed their surprise at media reports that the shooter had mistaken the FHM cover girl as an intruder and said that Pistorius has had previous run-ins with the authorities.

"We were surprised by allegations that the deceased had been perceived to be a burglar," said police spokesperson Denise Beukes.

"The premises are fairly secure... This is a fairly secure estate."

"There's previously been incidents of allegations of domestic disputes at the home of the accused."

Beukes said they were talking to neighbours who "heard things" earlier in the evening.

"The state will be opposing bail," she added.

Crime is a major problem in South Africa and many people keep weapons at home.

Pistorius has previously spoken of carrying a firearm when faced with a potential threat at home and of visiting a shooting range.

A year ago he told the New York Times of an incident where he took his gun to go downstairs to check on what turned out to be a false setting off of his security alarm.

He also took the newspaper's reporter to a nearby shooting range with his 9-millimetre handgun after learning that the journalist had never fired a shot.

Asked how frequently he went to the shooting range, Pistorius said: "Just sometimes when I can't sleep."

The Johannesburg-born athlete - known as "Blade Runner" because of his carbon fibre running blades - made history at the London Games in 2012 when he became the first double amputee to compete in the Olympics.

He won gold in the 4x100m relay and the 400m individual at the Paralympic Games in London and was triple gold medallist in the Beijing games in 2008 in the 100m, 200m and 400m.

Pistorius was named by Time Magazine last year as one of the world's 100 most influential people.

"You're not disabled by your disabilities but abled by your abilities," he told Athlete magazine in a 2011 interview.

He had both legs amputated below the knee when he was 11 months old after being born without lower leg bones. But he played sports unhindered while growing up, switching to running after fracturing a knee playing rugby.

At high school, he was so good that his personal fitness coach said she was unaware for six months that he ran on prosthetic legs.

But he was initially banned from competing in the Olympics in Beijing by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) on the grounds that his blades gave him an unfair advantage.

That decision was later overturned on appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), although he ultimately failed to meet the Olympic qualifying standard time.

Off the track, Pistorius is an adrenalin junkie, with a love of speed reflected in a passion for motorbikes.

Four years ago he crashed his boat in a river south of Johannesburg, breaking two ribs, an eye socket and his jaw.

He also once owned two white tigers but sold them to a zoo in Canada when they became too big.

AFP

Comments
  • DSBennie - 2013-02-14 08:21

    That is not something anyone should have to live through

      preshen.govender.3910 - 2013-02-14 09:51

      He does not have a leg to stand on

      john.botges - 2013-02-14 10:13

      Yes preshen. He didn't like the socks that she had bought him, or he was legless

      goldwright - 2013-02-14 13:28

      Regardless of the circumstances, wether it was mistaken identity, or murder (as it now seems to be) - this is not something to joke about. Have some respect for the fact that the life of a young woman, has been lost, and that she has family and friends who are now grieving. We live in a violent enough country as it is, and joking about it is simply in bad taste.

      frans.mosia - 2013-02-14 15:59

      I like the article published at 14H03 "Domestic Incident at Pistorius 's house".Nevertheless my condolences to the family of the deceased.

      craig.moir.14 - 2013-02-14 16:57

      Well actually the poor girl did not live thru it.

  • Sheilan.Clarke - 2013-02-14 08:21

    :O Omw! That's life in South Africa. It was an accident - don't forget that.

      mack attack - 2013-02-14 08:53

      Accident or not where where the warning shots or shooting to injure and not kill.Condolences to the bereaved family

      davemanza - 2013-02-14 10:13

      @mack attack - I hear on the radio this morning from an SA gun expert that it is illegal to fire warning shots. Strange because that was the first question I asked myself.

      mknnko003 - 2013-02-14 10:15

      Shooting him four times and yet you call it an accident? Jub Jub case was also an accident, what are saying? murder is murder period.

      goldwright - 2013-02-14 13:34

      Sorry, but were you there Sheilan.Clarke - how do you know for sure it was an accident? The police have now charged him murder - and say it was not a case of mistaken identity, and that there have been reports of previous "domestic incidents" at his home and they are opposing bail. Either way, very tragic, - more so if it is murder.

      1CRAZYONE - 2013-02-14 16:50

      One shot is an accident 4 shots, all accurate, is an over-kill! Ever heard of Dead, Deader Deadest????

      cassandra.valentine.39 - 2013-02-14 17:26

      1 shot is an accident, she was shot 4 times

  • meldyth.hadlow - 2013-02-14 08:22

    Sjoe.....this is terrible, assuming it is true! :-((

  • wesley.green.3597 - 2013-02-14 08:24

    oh @#$%....!! things just got serious!

  • wesley.rousseau.58 - 2013-02-14 08:25

    Oh no

  • deonk - 2013-02-14 08:33

    this is a reflection of the state of the crime in RSA.

      Chris - 2013-02-14 10:09

      four shots ?

      justin.mettew - 2013-02-14 10:40

      Get up to date: crime in SA has changed, now, you stand a good chance to be killed by someone you know than a stranger. So what state are you talking about?

      Skompe - 2013-02-14 12:11

      Since when is shooting a person a reflection on the state of the crime especially a person you know and possibly love 4 times? Guns don't kill people. People kill people. Then again I don't know the situation that Oscar was in I would think you try identify the intruder then shoot, but yeah Oscar seems like a good guy...God be with you all in this time.

  • fredericod1 - 2013-02-14 08:36

    He can run like hell ..but not from him self .. S.A macho men.. Shame..

      joben.jobes - 2013-02-14 08:53

      you are an idiot.

      hanno.vermeulen - 2013-02-14 09:23

      Get a life At least he made something of his life not like you commenting on a story you don't know enough about.... Shame on YOU, yes being so ignorant.

  • mavuso.mzwakhe - 2013-02-14 08:37

    Ooh my God is this for real ...

  • ILOVEOTILIADOBREAN - 2013-02-14 08:38

    I hope his "claim" is thoroughly,thoroughly investigated.I smell a rat based on what little is reported!

  • moniquec.weber - 2013-02-14 08:39

    Surely if you are going to shoot an intruder, one shot should be enough ??? Why shoot in the arm and the head ? Me thinks something is fishy.

      lande.willemse - 2013-02-14 09:30

      New reports show four shots were allegedly fired

      peter.gibbs.5895 - 2013-02-14 09:39

      Sounds very fishy indeed. 4 shots??????????????????????????

      lande.willemse - 2013-02-14 10:08

      And she was shot four times in his bedroom upstairs. Oscar carried her downstairs where paramedics found her. This from Jacaranda Eyewitness News

  • maivharidovhona.hunter - 2013-02-14 08:40

    Yooo I understand that. But dd he saw her. Or look wre she is.

  • fredericod1 - 2013-02-14 08:41

    He runs like hell.. But cant run from him self.. S.A, macho contoll freaks,, Pta is full of them..dont let his his sport image reflect him innocent in public eye ..another Stewart Kriel psycho...

      roger.tasker.3 - 2013-02-14 16:39

      couldn't agree anymore Psychopath is exaclty what he is

      richard.hills.3762 - 2013-02-14 17:45

      Cannot agree more! Just take your wife to Loftus, then you will know what my fellow white Afrikaans speaking men are capable of...

  • phillip.phogole - 2013-02-14 08:42

    It is Bad these shows how Mzanzi is when it is coming to crime Zuma and his Kzn brothers must do something about this(the Zulu Nathi Mthethwa police minister)

      hans.naude1 - 2013-02-14 08:58

      WHY DO YOU SAY " ZULU " ? SOUNDS LIKE -R----------- WHAT ARE YOU ?

  • keromamang.ntsheki - 2013-02-14 08:43

    What did the girlfriend do, that made him believe she's an intruder? Since he shot her twice did she not scream on the first shot to say "Baby its MEEE" ?? Makes no sense

      Chris - 2013-02-14 10:10

      NO ALARMS IN THE HOUSE MOTION SENSORS????

  • tshepoletsipa - 2013-02-14 08:45

    What a terrible accident!

      lande.willemse - 2013-02-14 09:31

      How on earth do you know it was an accident???

  • Hansie.Crook - 2013-02-14 08:46

    OMW!!!! Guns, Guns, Guns......They are dangerous no matter whose hands they are in. Oscar I just hope that your gun was licenced and your story is indeed true.. Condolences to the Girl's family.

      niel.walt - 2013-02-14 10:09

      OMW spoons spoons spoons! They make everyone fat.

      Chris - 2013-02-14 10:10

      Is he a responsible person to own a gun ???

      rob.bancroft.94 - 2013-02-14 13:56

      niel, good one! Don't see how it is the gun's fault.

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-02-14 16:51

      @ Chris - is a fat person responsible to own a spoon? Thanks for that one niel, very funny.

  • Hansie.Crook - 2013-02-14 08:51

    I really dont get this.... You wake up at 4am and your girlfriend is not on your bed side... You here something somewhere in the house and you immidiately think its a burglar?? If she is not next to you then she is somewhere in the house. or was the girlfriend coming back home at 4am?

      rickus.vosloo - 2013-02-14 09:04

      or maybe they do not live together and she's got keys to his house and wanted to surprise him for valentines day!

      magde.scheepers.7 - 2013-02-14 09:13

      I agree completely! Ek ruik 'n ROT!

      lande.willemse - 2013-02-14 11:11

      Eyewitnesses report: neighbours reported that at 4am they heard shouting and screaming followed by four shots. She was killed wearing her lingerie pajamas

  • esther.moloi.96 - 2013-02-14 08:51

    Wow unbelievable, he was supposed to love that woman not to shoot her this is bad

  • she.is.here.777 - 2013-02-14 09:05

    Eish this is bad condolences to all involved!

  • raphael.sagot - 2013-02-14 09:05

    That's messed up if you fire a gun you should know what you your target is and what is behind it.

  • mack attack - 2013-02-14 09:06

    Apparently the government is to blame for this. Nonsense! Why can't we take responsibilities for our own choices instead of shifting blame. What happened here was a terrible accident and If it was a Valentines gone wrong then may the almighty bless both families at this moment

  • vuyo.ndandani - 2013-02-14 09:11

    condolences to the family, now a serious question, was Oscar using an Uzzi?, was one shot not enough to scare the intruder away? all these questions leave us wondering that something just does not add up, or was it pre meditated?

      lande.willemse - 2013-02-14 09:33

      I agree with you, surely she would have made some kind of noise after the first shot? And he would have heard it was a female?? I own a licensed firearm and would never ever just fire blindly

  • vuyo.ndandani - 2013-02-14 09:13

    sorry to the families involved. But I must ask, is one shot not enough? and our still on that Bheki Cele shoot to kill order?!

      Chris - 2013-02-14 10:11

      what type of gun ?

      lande.willemse - 2013-02-14 10:14

      It was a pistol (sorry, I am a journalist so get all the info as it comes out). He has been charged with murder, not manslaughter. She was killed in his upstairs bedroom, and carried downstairs by Oscar where paramedics found her. This according to Jacaranda Eyewitness NEws

  • gawie.botha - 2013-02-14 09:17

    ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,"Snapped!"

  • NeloSunshine - 2013-02-14 09:18

    This is such a sad story. Something just doesn't seem right about him having thought that his girlfriend is an intruder. If indeed it is the truth, may God forgive him. But if the MTF killed that woman, he must get locked up. The increasing number of "lover" murders in this country, is shocking!!!

      gary.w.reilly - 2013-02-14 10:30

      Please don't ask for God to forgive him and then swear in the very next sentence. Look at the LOG in your own eye before you look at the speck in someone else's. And if you don't know what I'm talking about then don't use God's name if you don't read, learn and change to His word (the Bible).

  • EkasiBoy - 2013-02-14 09:19

    Am i dreaming?

  • baartman - 2013-02-14 09:21

    My condolences and sympathy With all involved! Just for u stupid people do u think he sleeps with those legs! So here is a guy with no legs being woken up by something or someone who isn't supposed to be there at 4 in the morning. And it is in South Africa crime capital of the world! Dare I say more?

      caroline.rossouw.35 - 2013-02-14 09:45

      i wish i could like this a 100 times over...! I agree 100%!!! i would probably have shot untill my bullets ran out if i was him! Not only 4

      claudia.barreirarebelo - 2013-02-14 12:38

      I totally agree. I have woken up in the middle of the nite with a robber in my room and if I had a gun I would've probably emptied it all on him. U wake up at 4am and u don't think. Did u expect him to ask "who are you". Seriously people, get a life and don't judge before all the facts are out.

      wisequeen.donnajackson - 2013-02-14 18:22

      why is your girlfriend not supposed to be there on valentines night?? he murdered her

      Maestrobokkie - 2013-02-15 07:36

      I totally agree with you Baartman. If I were legless and woken up at 4am I would must assuredly also have a gun handy. I am seen a prank (on video) where a girls best friend waits for her in her house and when she arrives scares her. She gets such a fright that she runs into the road, into traffic and gets knocked over and killed. If his gf knew him well, she would not have frightened him at those hours of the morning. Idk, I tend to think Oscar made an innocent mistake... that's all!

      Maestrobokkie - 2013-02-15 07:39

      at Wisequeen. Keep in mind some couples actually don't sleep together before marriage. I'm not saying this is the case, but it could very possibly be.

  • lande.willemse - 2013-02-14 09:29

    Hmmmmmmm....... Everyone just immediately assumes it was an accident. How do you know? He has been a terrible bad loser. And just because he is handicapped it does not automatically make him a good person. Four shots were fired. Isn't that a bit of an overkill?????

      louis.botha.353 - 2013-02-14 09:36

      Have you ever been woken in the middle of the night in SA by someone sneeking into your house??? I think you should shut your face,because you don't have a clue what you talking about!!!

      lande.willemse - 2013-02-14 09:46

      Uhhmmm... Louis, yes actually I have!!! I am a RESPONSIBLE gun owner and did not just fire!!!!! I called out asking who is there first before I just opened fire. It was an intruder and he did run away and I still did not fire. The law says you must be in immediate danger before you can kill in self-defence

      delish7564 - 2013-02-14 10:07

      Lande, I take your point, but also as somebody already mentioned, he won't sleep with his legs on, so he doesn't have time in between shouting out and getting out of bed and putting his legs on, I'm not convinced an intruder would answer anyway. I'm not saying it was an accident or not, we don't know, but I think for anyone with limited mobility or any disability for that matter, the reaction would be different. It's not like they can run and hide if it was an intruder and let's face it, at that time in the morning.......... What a nightmare for all concerned! Condolences to the girl's family.

      lande.willemse - 2013-02-14 10:16

      Delish, I understand, but you can't just fire. If you call out and nobody answers, then you can assume it is a burglar but otherwise no. She was killed IN HIS BEDROOM according to police reports, and he has been charged with murder not manslaugther. I just don't understand how he could not recognise that bush of blond hair, even in the dark.

      lande.willemse - 2013-02-14 11:13

      Latest report: police confirm that neighbours reported screaming and shouting followed by four shots. She was killed wearing her lingerie pajamas. She was shot in his bedroom upstairs but carried downstairs by Oscar where the paramedics found her. He has been charged with murder and not the standard manslaughter

  • bandile.matolengwe - 2013-02-14 09:32

    But when u hear an intruder in ur house dont u wanna check ur galfrend 1st to make sure shez safe? when u dont find her nxt to you wudnt u thnk shez probabl gon to th kitchen to get water or somthn? go 4 th gun?

      lande.willemse - 2013-02-14 09:35

      Yes! And don't you sort of call out and ask who is there before you just start shooting?

      caroline.rossouw.35 - 2013-02-14 09:49

      @bandile - Firstly.... learn how to spell...!!! Secondly.... I was not aware that you are such close friends to them to know that they live together....! Maybe they dont! and maybe she wanted to surprize him.... no one knows! and untill the full story is released... I would keep my trap shut if I were you!!! Same goes to you lande!

      mmarivate - 2013-02-14 10:00

      @caroline - "Firstly.... learn how to spell...!!!" it's s-u-p-r-i-S-e not surprize

      lande.willemse - 2013-02-14 10:02

      Shame Bandile, now WE are the bad ones for speculating? And just see how read the people defending him are. Caroline, I have a question for you. I am a journalist and know that when something like this happens he would be charged with man slaughter. That is standard. Then WHY are they charging him with murder?????? HMMMMMMM?????

      lande.willemse - 2013-02-14 10:03

      I mean RUDE, not read

      Chris - 2013-02-14 10:12

      secure upmarket complex ?

      davemanza - 2013-02-14 10:22

      Actually @mmarivate, it's s-u-R-p-r-i-S-e not "s-u-p-r-i-S-e". The irony...

      bandile.matolengwe - 2013-02-14 10:29

      @ Caroline. Rossouw.35 I hop I spelt ur name ryt, I thnk ts best for u to keep ur trap shut and u hav a ryt to do that but dont suggest that to me I hav a ryt not to keep t shut..hyt? I mean all right?

  • foxylady212 - 2013-02-14 09:32

    This is shockingly sad....

  • dominic.mashego - 2013-02-14 09:33

    Oscar Pistorius has given his girl friend an unusual present in valentine. Eish I just wanna know what was the motivate for him to do that . *Where there's fire there's smoke*

      wisequeen.donnajackson - 2013-02-14 18:27

      smoking gun yes!

  • liana.huisman - 2013-02-14 09:33

    Remember she was someone's daughter.

      roger.tasker.3 - 2013-02-14 16:56

      And and beautiful ans stunning human being

  • mavusane - 2013-02-14 09:37

    Wassup with South African celebs killing people

  • cecil.stevenson.3 - 2013-02-14 09:40

    OJ SIMPSON OF SOUTH AFRICA!!!

  • freddy.vanwijk - 2013-02-14 09:41

    OMG! Let the law take it's course. This particular Valentine's Day was a bloody one.

  • darius.h.debeer - 2013-02-14 09:49

    And the Oscar goes to.... Jail.

  • Hansie.Crook - 2013-02-14 09:49

    Lets not forget that Oscar has anger problems too... He once threatned to break Mark Bouchers legs for dating his girlfriend. Her girlfriend was an FHM model who dated a Springbok rugby player.. Maybe and just maybe she just came at 4am from a party with her Rugby player boyfriend. Oscar snapped!!!!

      joe.dewit.9 - 2013-02-14 10:05

      I'll kill her too if it was a Bulls player hehe

  • riaan.vanrooyen.581 - 2013-02-14 10:03

    This is a sad valentine for Oscar and Reeva's family. There are so many questions and so many critisizm with regards to the incident. We live in SA. There is no control on the crime in our country. We have allowed this to happen. We are all guilty. Oscar will never be able to live with himself. This day of love will always be a very sad day for him. I hope God will him the strength to forgive himself and the strength for her family to forgive him.

      niel.walt - 2013-02-14 10:13

      Speak for yourself, I'm not guilty of anything

      christopher.tarboton - 2013-02-14 12:41

      God cant do much for him I'm afraid.

  • kenny.irvine.399 - 2013-02-14 10:03

    OH MY WORD! I CANT BELIEVE IT! He had not one..but TWO white tigers and he sold them to Canada.

  • lande.willemse - 2013-02-14 10:04

    To blame guns for the murder is like blaming spoons for people being fat. Guns don't kill people, people kill people

  • donald.dykman - 2013-02-14 10:05

    SA version of OJ Simpson, only difference Oscar didn't run away, probably would take to long to get them blades on.

  • joe.dewit.9 - 2013-02-14 10:06

    Wat se mens? Skokkend Voor ek vinger wys, sal ek wag en kyk of Oscar skuldig is of nie. My innige simpatie aan die meisie se familie

  • motlatjo.wamamanyoha - 2013-02-14 10:11

    Oscar must come Oright dis is just an excuse, how can he not realize his Girl. #damn stupid man#

  • nomfundo.manzana - 2013-02-14 10:12

    Let's not 4get - he has been previously reported 4 anger issues ,abuse (physical)with woman .....I smell foulplay...

  • cyndystroebel28 - 2013-02-14 10:15

    As sad as it is, how do you mistake your hot blonde model girlfriend for a burglar?? Something is fishy. Can;t wait to see what the police discover!

  • nico.eksteen.7 - 2013-02-14 10:16

    It's not as if he can move around like a able person with legs when in immediate danger (or when he thinks he is in danger). Basic a sitting duck. Needs to be taken in consideration when evaluating his actions in those circumstances.

      tatsee - 2013-02-14 11:43

      Unfortunately that argument will not have any legs to stand on in a court of law.

  • abigail.mhlanga - 2013-02-14 10:18

    I don't see anything funny. just because he is famous it doesn't mean he has no fear. I wonder if most of u people making these funny stupud comment about him have ever been robbed. Get a life. You haven't even heard the full story. Can people just grow up for once

      Recato - 2013-02-14 11:17

      Siyabonga for the voice of reason.

  • albert.scherman - 2013-02-14 10:26

    Ja nee Oscar, nou het jy jouself lelik in die voet geskiet... On a more serious note though, my heartfelt condolences go out to Oscar. I do hope it was a genuine accident and not a domestic dispute that ended in tragedy. Not something I would wish upon anybody, friend or foe.

      sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2013-02-14 10:42

      Op watte een?

  • sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2013-02-14 10:31

    There's a valid reason behind that!

  • munyaradzi.tachiona - 2013-02-14 10:39

    This is not really a suprise,i have read lots about the guy,He has a serious mental problem especially to have been allowed to own a gun in the first place,without being a celebrated sportman,he likely was going to be a junkie.Condolences to him and the wife's family and his family,very sad indeed.