UPDATE: Police to oppose Pistorius's bail

Police say there have been allegations of a domestic disturbance at the home of Oscar Pistorius.

Oscar Pistorius. Picture: SA Sports Picture Agency.

PRETORIA - Police Brigadier Denise Beukes has confirmed to media that there have been allegations of a domestic disturbance at Oscar Pistorius's home.

"We were very surprised to hear over the radio that allegations were made that he mistook his girlfriend for a burglar."

She added that were witnesses and neighbours who heard things earlier in the evening and also when the shooting took place.

"We have received some reports about screaming and shouting, but nothing has been confirmed.

"This is part of an ongoing investigation that is far from finalised."

She said forensic experts were on scene and will determine if there was any forced entry.

The athlete has requested that he be brought to court immediately.

"One of the reasons we will be opposing bail will be disclosed when he appears."


Pistorius arrived at a hospital in Mamelodi to undergo blood tests as the investigation into his girlfriend's death continues.

Police are investigating after Pistorius shot and killed 29-year-old model, Reeva Steenkamp, at his home during the early hours of Thursday morning.

Sitting in the backseat of a white police Polo hiding behind a hooded top, Pistorius left the Boschkop police station earlier after being processed.

The large convoy transporting Pistorius included police, family and media.

The athlete's sister and his lawyer Kenny Oldwage are with him.

Meanwhile, a large media contingent has gathered outside the Pretoria Central Prison Court where Pistorius is expected to appear.

Beukes said Pistorius fully co-operated with police after he shot the young woman in her arm and head with a 9mm pistol.

The police's Katlego Mogale said, "Paramedics had worked on her, but declared her dead on the scene. We also found the 9mm pistol."


Police said that a neighbour who heard the shots being fired in Pistorius's home immediately alerted police.

Steenkamp was shot between 4am and 5am at the athlete's Silver Woods Estate home in Pretoria.

The blonde model was declared dead on the scene by paramedics and her body was whisked away by a state mortuary vehicle.

Steenkamp's agent Sarit Tomlinson said the model's family, who are in Port Elizabeth, were in shock and were waiting for more details of the incident.

Tomlinson said, "We are in communication with police, but there is far too much speculation at this time."

The model's last tweet on Wednesday is now trending on Twitter following the news of her death this morning.

She had posted that she was excited about her Valentine's Day plans and wanted to know what others had up their sleeves.

Fellow models and producers of the magazine show, The Link, have already tweeted their condolences.


Meanwhile, the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) said it was shocked by the shooting.

Sascoc CEO Tubby Reddy said the Olympic fraternity in South Africa was stunned by the news.

"It is indeed a tragedy. It's a pity for the both the families that this transpired. We will now await the outcome."

He said the federation has sent out its deepest sympathy and condolences to both Pistorius and Steenkamp's families.

This is a developing story and will be updated as information becomes available.