Initial reports suggested he’d accidentally shot his girlfriend last night, mistaking her for an intruder. But now he’s been charged with murder. And there are disturbing personal details emerging about the first paralympian to compete against able bodied athletes in the London 2012 Olympics.
South African Paralympian sprinter Oscar Pistorius has been charged with the murder of his girlfriend, 30-year-old model Reeva Steenkamp. The couple had been dating for two months.
Pistorius, who is known as the “blade runner” because of his high-tech prostheses, spent last night in jail after he allegedly shot Steenkamp four times in the early hours of Thursday morning. He’ll appear in court today.
This from the UK press:
In a drama that stunned South Africa and admirers abroad, Pistorius allegedly fired four bullets into Reeva Steenkamp’s head, chest and arm at his home in the capital, Pretoria, in the early hours of Thursday morning.
The life of the glamorous athlete, known as the “blade runner” for his hi-tech artificial legs, has been one of world sport’s defining narratives of triumph over adversity, culminating in his appearance at the both the Olympics and Paralympics in London last year.
When the news of Steenkamp’s death broke last night, initial reports suggested that Pistorius may have shot his girlfriend by accident.
There were early reports that the 26-year-old sprinter mistook Steenkamp for an intruder and shot her using a gun he kept in his home.
A Valentine’s surprise gone wrong, it was initially suggested.
But those claims have since been dismissed by South African police, who say that they are treating the death as a murder and that there are currently no other suspects other than the sporting superstar.
Oscar Pistorius is one of the most celebrated paralympians in the world and is a hero in his home country. He is a double amputee – both his legs were amputated from the knee down before his first birthday because of a congenital condition. He went on to become the only double amputee who’s competed in the Olympics.