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Live Blog: Oscar Pistorius Charged With The Murder Of His Girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

Live Blog: Oscar Pistorius Charged With The Murder Of His Girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp
By Donny Mahoney
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14.48 Satirical artist for Gazzetta dello Sport Valerio Marini has offered his own artistic rendering of the tragedy. Not sure if this is a better or worse than the thousands of bad 'he should have run for it' jokes on Twitter.

13.53 The M-Net ads for Pistorius are already being torn down on the Rivonia Road in Joburg, according to instagram of Dion Chang.

13.23: This tweet that Pistorius sent back in November has gone viral in the past half hour. It seems that Pistorius enjoyed having guns in his home.


13.03: Pistorius was scheduled to appear back in court at 14.00 Pretoria time but this sitting has been pushed back until tomorrow.


12.21: Nike has announced they won't withdraw their support for Pistorious yet.

"This is a very unfortunate story and it is still under investigation. We’ll not make any decision until we hear from Oscar or his agent," a Nike South Africa spokesperson told South African website Business Day Live.


Meanwhile, South African movie channel M-Net has announced that they're ending their Academy Award-themed 'Oscar' campaign with Pistorius.


Here was the ad they cut with Pistorius back in late January.

11.44 here's another shot of Pistorius leaving the courtroom, via the Mail and Guardian.


BT have said that Pistorius is a brand ambassador "for now."

11.32 Police have briefed media outside Pistorius's home at Silverwoods Estate that they're interviewing neighbours, some of whom have claimed to hear 'screaming and shouting.'


Also CityPress have published the first photo we've seen of Pistorius today:


11.20 Pistorius may have lived in one of the safest estates in South Africa but that's not to say he was taking his domestic security lightly. According to an August 2012 Daily Mail article, OP's house included the following arsenal:

  • a bedside revolver
  • a machine gun by his window
  • a baseball bat and a cricket bat behind his bedroom door
  • a 'pigfat mallet' next to it.

11.16 I think this might be the last we'll be seeing of this Pistorius Nike ad.

11.09 Here's Steenkamp's final Instagram message, posted four days ago.

The accompanying message reads: "I woke up in a happy safe home this morning. Not everyone did. Speak out against the rape of individuals in SA. RIP Anene Booysen. #rape #crime #sayNO"

11.05 No bail will be offered to Pistorius today, according to SAfm news.

11.01am More developments on the 'domestic incidents' that South African police investigated from Adriaan Basson of South Africa's City Press.




10.54am PA has reported that Pistorius's house near Silverlakes, east of Pretoria, is 'one of the safest' in South Africa. Pistrorious lives on the Silver Lakes Golf Estate, which "consists of more than 1,600 plots of land up to 3,000 sq m (32,000 sq ft) built around an 18-hole golf course."

Here's a photo of a sample house from the estate:

10.41am South African police are also working to discredit the 'accidental intruder' line. They've distanced themselves from social media reports about that the killing was somehow a case of mistaken identity.

10.40am: Reports have also leaked out that the police had visited Pistorious' house a number of times in the past.


10.30am: Police in South Africa have this morning charged Oscar Pistorius with the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Oscar's father has told SABC radio that Blade Runner is sad about his girlfriend's death.

“I don’t know nothing. It will be extremely obnoxious and rude to speculate. I don’t know the facts,” Henke Pistorius told SABC radio news. “If anyone makes a statement, it will have to be Oscar. He’s sad at the moment.”

Early reports from Radio 702 claimed that the shooting was accidental. Beeld.com is reporting that Steenkamp was shot at Pistorious' house around 4am this morning. It was first reported that Pistorius thought she was an intruder and she was shot 'four times" with shots to the head and chest. A 9mm pistol was found at the scene of the crime. Steenkamp tweeted this time yesterday asking about her followers' Valentine's Day plans.

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