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Tearful Pistorius charged with murder

Prosecutors in Oscar Pistorius’s case said they will argue a case of premeditated murder.

South African athlete Oscar Pistorius at an international press conference at the Olympics. Picture: SA Sports Picture Agency.

PRETORIA – Prosecutors in Olympic and Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius’s case on Friday said they will argue a case of premeditated murder.

The 26-year-old wept uncontrollably as he was charged with murder in the Pretoria Magistrates Court.

The athlete is accused of shooting girlfriend model Reeva Steenkamp four times through a bathroom door.

While this is consistent with an account given to Eyewitness News, police are yet to officially confirm the claim.

Courtroom C was packed to capacity with media from around the world.

Chief Magistrate Desmond Nair presided over Pistorius’s bail application.

The hearing was postponed until Tuesday.

Pistorius will be kept at the Brooklyn police station in Pretoria until the case resumes.

Nair regularly handles high-profile cases, like that of rugby player Bees Roux.

Prosecutors Gerrie Nel and Andrea Johnson will spearhead the case on behalf of the state.

Court officials confirmed that Director of Public Prosecutions Sibongile Mzinyathi also attended Friday’s proceedings.

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