UPDATE: Serious court blow for Oscar

The Magistrate has ruled that Pistorius' case will be heard as a Schedule 6 offence.

Oscar Pistorius’ bail application is underway in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court. Picture: AFP

PRETORIA - Oscar Pistorius' trial which will move to the North Gauteng High Court will be heard as a Schedule 6 offence because the Pretoria Magistrates Court cannot rule out the possibility that the crime was premeditated.

The state on Tuesday presented what it said was the "cold hard facts" that showed Pistorius committed "the premeditated murder" of his model girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

Argument was heard in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court to determine the seriousness of the charge he would face, which will influence how his bail application is handled.

The athlete is facing a charge of murder after shooting Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in his Pretoria East home. She died at the scene.

Pistorius initially appeared calmer today than he did last week Friday.

He walked in court dressed in a dark blue suit, but he began weeping shortly after prosecutor Gerrie Nel revealed details of the state's case against him, confirming media reports.

Nel told the court the state would argue premeditated murder as Pistorius shot the victim three times through a locked bathroom door and then broke down the door and carried her downstairs.

He added that the double amputee put on his prosthesis, walked seven metres to the toilet door and then opened fire.

Nel also confirmed that the Blade Runner's version will be that he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder.

Earlier, Magistrate Desmond Nair began by warning photographers that they could be found in contempt of court if they used pictures taken during proceedings.

Nair also complained about an image that was captured in violation of a court order during Pistorius's last appearance.

He said media house responsible had apologised.

Earlier today, there was chaos outside the courthouse as dozens of journalists battled to get access to the hearing.


The ANC Women's League sang and danced in protest outside the courtroom Pistorius' bail application was being heard in.

One protester said the allegations were far too serious for the "Blade Runner" to be set free.

"No to bail when there is such an allegation, until that person is proven [to be] not guilty.

"That is all we're asking for. We're asking for justice for Reeva."

Meanwhile, family and friends of the young woman Pistorius allegedly killed will today gather in Port Elizabeth to pay tribute to her.

Steenkamp's uncle and family spokesperson Mike said friends and relatives would only focus on the slain model.

He said they were ignoring Pistorius' bail application for now.

"Today is about Reeva. We can't allow our minds to be distracted by any court cases or Oscar's side of the story."