Os­car strapped on his legs, walked to the door and shot her dead

PROS­E­CU­TOR CLAIMS PIS­TO­RIUS DE­LIB­ER­ATELY KILLED HIS GIRL­FRIEND

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By JUSTIN DUNN justin@sun­daysport.co.uk

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.

Hear­ing

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

( be­low)

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