Oscar Pistorius, the paralympic track star from South Africa, was charged with murder today after he shot his girlfriend dead on Valentine’s Day.
Police said there were previous “domestic incidents” at the residence.
The Daily Mail reported:
South African paralympic star Oscar Pistorius has been charged with murder and is in custody after reportedly shooting his girlfriend dead in the middle of the night after mistaking her for a burglar.
Gunfire was heard inside his Pretoria mansion at 4am this morning and it is believed his partner may have been killed after a Valentine’s Day surprise went tragically wrong.
The dead woman is Reeva Steenkamp, 30, a former FHM model who had been dating the 26-year-old for two months.
She was shot in the head, the chest and the arm, police have said, and Pistorius will appear in court tomorrow after a hearing scheduled for this afternoon was cancelled.
Pretoria police spokeswoman Denise Beukes confirmed he had been charged with murder, adding they had been called to his home on several occasions since 2011 to deal with ‘allegations of a domestic nature’.
Just yesterday Miss Steenkamp spoke excitedly on Twitter about her plans for Valentine’s Day.
She said: ‘What do you have up your sleeve for your love tomorrow??? #getexcited #ValentinesDay’
Replying to a follower, she later added: ‘That sounds amazing! Wow that’s what it’s all about! It should be a day of love for everyone 🙂 may it be blessed!’
Pistorius was the first double amputee to run in the able-bodied Olympics and reached the 400 semi-finals in London 2012. (Daily Mail)