Pistorius arrives in court

An investigating officer will be called in to testify in Oscar Pistorius’s bail application.

Oscar Pistorius's father (right), brother (middle) and sister (second from left) in the Pretoria Magistrates Court where the Paralympic athlete is applying for bail. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN.

PRETORIA - Oscar Pistorius and his legal team arrived at the Pretoria Magistrates Court on Wednesday morning for day two of the bail application hearing.

The prosecution team was expected to call the investigating officer to testify that he planned to kill his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

On Tuesday, Magistrate Desmond Nair found that the Blade Runner should face a Schedule Six charge of premeditated murder.

Pistorius was arrested at his luxury Pretoria East home on Valentine's Day for allegedly murdering his girlfriend Steenkamp.

The athlete and his legal team arrived and went inside the court quickly to avoid the media.

Some of Pistorius's relatives were being photographed as they arrived to support the athlete.

Investigating officer Hilton Botha is expected to respond to Pistorius's version of events he put forward in his affidavit.

There will also be arguments on whether Pistorius has shown extraordinary circumstances or whether it is in the interest of justice for him to be released on bail.

Meanwhile, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said it hoped to complete the bail application before the end of the week.

Speaking outside the court after proceedings were postponed on Tuesday, NPA spokesperson Medupi Simasiku said the state must now respond to claims made by the athlete in his affidavit.

"We can't comment on the arguments, but we believe everyone has a right to defend themselves."

There will also be arguments on whether Pistorius has shown extraordinary circumstances or whether it is in the interest of justice for him to be released on bail.

'I AM MORTIFIED'

During Tuesday's proceedings, Pistorius's affadavit was read, in which it was read that he was "absolutely mortified" by the shooting incident which led to Steenkamp's death.

The athlete also vehemently denied planning to kill his girlfriend.

His audible sobs led to Nair interrupting proceedings to allow him time to regain his composure.

Pistorius said he believed an intruder had gained entry into his home and was hiding in the en-suite bathroom.

He said he felt he had to protect himself and Steenkamp because they would be in grave danger if the intruder emerged.

The Paralympian said the thought of an intruder in his home filled him with horror and fear, adding that he was vulnerable because he did not have his prosthetic legs on.

According to his affidavit, he fired several shots in the dark through the locked bathroom door, only to later to discover he had shot Steenkamp.