Paralympic superstar Oscar Pistorius, who holds the title of world’s fastest man with no legs, is currently spending what looks like the first day of the rest of his life behind bars after being charged with the murder of 30-year-old FHM model Reeva Steenkamp.
Steenkamp, who had been dating the 26-year-old Pistorius for two months, was shot four times in the head, chest and arm inside his mansion in Pretoria, South Africa at 4am.
The athlete may have killed his girlfriend with a handgun kept next to his bed after a Valentine’s Day surprise went tragically wrong and he thought she was a burglar, sources have said.
But police say her death is being treated as murder, adding that officers had been sent to previous incidents of a ‘domestic nature’ at his address on the exclusive Silver Woods gated estate.
Brigadier Denise Beukes said neighbours were woken by ‘screaming and shouting’ at the time of the shooting and police were ‘very surprised’ by the intruder suggestion, telling reporters: ‘These allegations did not come from us.’
Pistorius is in custody and was due in court this afternoon but the hearing has now been delayed to 7am tomorrow to allow forensics more time to work in his home.