Oscar strapped on his legs, walked to the door and shot her dead
PROSECUTOR CLAIMS PISTORIUS DELIBERATELY KILLED HIS GIRLFRIEND
BLADE RUNNER Oscar Pistorius has admitted shooting his model girlfriend – because he thought she was a burglar.
The gold-medal winner is accused of murdering Reeva Steenkamp at his home in Pretoria, South Africa on Valentine’s Day.
Prosecutors alleged at the bail hearing that Pistorius had put on his prosthetic legs and walked 23ft to the bathroom before firing his gun.
But Pistorius’ lawyer read out a statement in court yesterday which gave his version of the events that led to Ms Steenkamp’s death.
The 26-year-old denied murder and said the couple were “deeply in love”.
He said his girlfriend had arrived at his home around 5pm or 6pm and had practised yoga while he watched television.
The couple went to sleep shortly after 10pm, Pistorius said, but in the middle of the night he woke up and thought an intruder had climbed in through his bathroom window.
He said he grabbed a 9mm pistol – which he kept under his bed after receiving death threats – and made his way in the darkness towards the bathroom door.
“As I didn’t have my prosthetic legs on I was vulnerable,” he said.
“I fired a shot at the toilet door and shouted to Reeva to call the police.”
Pistorius claimed he fired his gun into the bathroom but then realised that Ms Steenkamp was not in his bed.
Realising his mistake, he put on his legs, walked towards the bathroom and broke down the locked door with a cricket bat.
He said that he ran downstairs carrying his 29-year-old girlfriend but “she died in my arms”.
Pistorius continued: “I fail to understand how I could be charged with murder, let alone premeditated murder, as I did not plan to murder my girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.”
The Olympic champion sobbed as his lawyer insisted that Reeva’s shooting was an accident.
But prosecutor Gerrie Nel says the killing was murder.
He added: “The applicant armed himself, attached his prosthesis, walked to the bathroom and shot the deceased while she was on the toilet. There is nothing to support him thinking it was a burglar.”
The bail hearing came as Steenkamp’s funeral was held in her home town of Port Elizabeth.
Pistorius won two gold medals and a silver at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.
He also competed in the Olympic Games.
The court hearing was adjourned until today. BBC Radio 6 apologised yesterday after it followed a radio news report on the Pistorius trial with Hey Joe by Jimi Hendrix – a song about a man who is on the run after shooting his wife.
ACCUSED: Pistorius in court ( right) and with Reeva