Pistorius remanded in custody after court hearing

2013-02-16 03:07:01 GMT2013-02-16 11:07:01(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

South Africa’s Olympic and Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius has rejected a charge that he murdered his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Appearing in court, Pistorius wept as prosecutors vowed to pursue a charge of premeditated murder. But a statement released by his family after the court hearing, says the alleged murder is disputed in the strongest terms.

A dramatic turn of events in the life of Oscar Pistorius? His head covered, the iconic athlete left the police station where he had spent the night - on his way to Pretoria Magistrates Court. Waiting for him there - the world’s media, here to witness Oscar’s first appearance in court - charged with the death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Members of the families, spectators and dozens of reporters and other media packed Courtroom C. Pistorius, held his head in his hands and sobbed as prosecutors said they would pursue a charge of "premeditated murder." As proceedings continued, Oscar repeatedly lost his composure, his head bowed weeping.

Medupe Simasiku, NPA spokesman, said, "Well you have heard in court that the case has been postponed until Tuesday and Wednesday. The reason being to give the defence the chance to meet with the accused and to get the information they need to make a bail application. We as the NPA have agreed it is not preferential treatment it is fair to the accused so that he can make his defence like anyway. And we did not appose that. (are you confident of your case) Yes we are confident of our case."

Model Reeva Steenkamp, Oscar’s girlfriend of two months was shot dead in Oscar’s home in this estate near Pretoria on Thursday. She was shot four times in her head and upper body?Forensic experts are continuing to examine the scene. After his court appearance, Oscar was taken to this police station where he will stay until he returns to court.

So Oscar Pistorius will spend the weekend behind bars. He will return here next Tuesday when his bail application will then be heard.

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