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NPA confident in charge against Pistorius

The state hinted at the strength of its case by indicating it will argue premeditated murder.

Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp at the SA Sports Awards on 4 November 2012. Picture: AFP.
Oscar Pistorius,Reeva Steenkamp,Gerrie Nel
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PRETORIA - At Paralympian Oscar Pistorius's first day in court on Friday, the state hinted at the strength of its case by indicating it would argue premeditated murder.

The 'Blade Runner' shot and killed his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his Pretoria East home on Thursday.

He broke down emotionally several times in the Pretoria Magistrates Court yesterday.

State prosecutor Gerrie Nel told the court the state was ready to proceed with its opposition to Pistorius's bid for freedom. 

But Nel welcomed the request by defence advocate Barry Roux to postpone the matter until Tuesday, as it allows the police time to gather more evidence. 

It is understood forensic experts were back at the crime scene yesterday. 

Nel confirmed that he would argue that the case was of premeditated murder - the reason for this will become clear next week. 

Meanwhile, Pistorius's legal team is concerned about his emotional well-being.

Roux said his client was in an “extreme traumatised state of mind”. 

And while the legal teams discussed how the matter would proceed, South Africa's Paralympic golden boy wept uncontrollably.

Pistorius broke down several times during proceedings, but was comforted by his father - who was sitting behind him in the public gallery.

His brother and sister, supported by close friends, were also there to support him. 

Pistorius will spend the weekend at the Brooklyn Police Station and apply for bail when he returns to court on Tuesday.

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