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No proof Oscar fired gun in restaurant

No case was opened after Pistorius accidentally discharged a firearm at a restaurant in January.

South African athlete Oscar Pistorius at an international press conference at the Olympics. Picture: SA Sports Picture Agency.
Oscar Pistorius,Reeva Steenkamp
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JOHANNESBURG - The manager of a Melrose Arch restaurant on Monday said he did not open a case when athlete Oscar Pistorius accidentally discharged a firearm.

The manager said he couldn’t confirm whether the incident had occurred.

The Beeld newspaper this morning reported that Pistorius nearly shot a friend at Tashas restaurant in early January while he was looking at a gun. 

Jason Loupis, the manager of the popular franchise, said he heard a huge bang and thought that either a gun had gone off or a gas bottle had exploded. 

When he went to Pistorius's table, he couldn't see a firearm and the athlete and his three friends apparently denied anything had happened.

As a result, no case was opened with the police. 

Beeld newspaper quoted a friend who was at the table saying Pistorius was looking at the weapon when it accidentally discharged. 

Boxer Kevin Lerena said Pistorius was not negligent, but the bullet missed his foot. 

Pistorius, a double amputee who made history when he competed in the 2012 London Games faces, charges of premeditated murder after he shot and killed his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

He will appear in a Pretoria court to apply for bail on Tuesday.

The Blade Runner’s arrest and detention has blown his chances of competing in any races.

Sport agent Peet van Zyl has confirmed he will not be competing in the IAAF World Championships later this year and that several other contracts and commitments have also been cancelled. 

But he said it was too early to speculate on the impact the incident has had on the athlete's career.

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