Pistorius breaks down in court

The Paralympic star broke down in court as an affidavit was read out detailing his version of events.

Oscar Pistorius in the Pretoria Magistrates Court.

PRETORIA - Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius broke down in court as an affidavit was read out detailing his version of what happened on the morning of February 14.

The Blade Runner is accused of murdering girlfriend model Reeva Steenkamp at his luxury Pretoria home on Valentine's Day.

He denied claims that he intended to kill his girlfriend.

Magistrate Desmond Nair stopped proceedings temporarily to allow the athlete to regain composure.

Pistorius stumbled at his first legal hurdle in trying to convince the Pretoria Magistrates Court that his bail application should be heard as a schedule five offence.

The state presented what it said were the "cold, hard facts" that show Pistorius committed premeditated murder.

Outside court, protesters waved placards, with one poster reading: "Pistorius should rot in jail".

Members of the African National Congress Women's League (ANCWL) and other rights organisations want Pistorius to be denied bail.

There is massive media interest in this story, with journalists from many global network covering proceedings.

There was a long row of broadcast satellite vans parked on the road while the courtroom was filled to capacity with reporters.