The world will awake this morning to the shocking news that Oscar Pistorius has been charged with murder.
The South African Paralympic icon and hero has been arrested after his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, was shot dead in Pistorius’ home.
Details are yet to have been confirmed by the police, but they say Pistorius is at the police station this morning, and reports seem to confirm he is the man arrested. Pistorius, 26, a.k.a “The Blade Runner”, was the first double amputee to compete at the Olympic games following his Paralympic successes.
The ‘suspect’ will face the Magistrates’ court later on Thursday, the police told the media. The South African police also added that there was previous “allegations of a domestic nature”. They confirmed that the man asked for the court case to take place today.
“The SA Police Service were just as surprised this morning to hear on the radio that allegations had been made that the deceased had been perceived to be a burglar,” police spokesperson Denise Beuke said, denying that they were the source of those allegations.
The incident happened between 04:00 and 05:00 local time. The woman was found dead with wounds to her head and upper body, when police arrived. A 9mm pistol was found.
“Everyone who knew her is in tears. She was an absolute angel, the sweetest, sweetest human being, a kind human being,” – Sarit Tomlinson.
All thoughts go out to all families and friends involved, as we await for further details and information. It is a very sad story, involving one sports most iconic figures of the modern era.
By Stowe Gregory – @stowegregory