Pistorius's bail application to continue

Oscar Pistorius will be in the dock again as his defence team continues their attempt to secure his bail.

Oscar Pistorius. Picture: AFP.

PRETORIA - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said on Tuesday it hoped to complete Oscar Pistorius's bail application before the end of the week.

The Blade Runner launched his application on Tuesday at the Pretoria Magistrates Court after magistrate Desmond Nair found that he should face a Schedule Six charge of premeditated murder.

The Paralympic star is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his home in Pretoria on Valentine's Day.

The NPA said it did not want Pistorius's bail application to be a drawn-out affair, and they expected to wrap up the process by Friday.

Speaking outside the court after proceedings were postponed, 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."

Prosecutors are expected to call in the investigating officer to testify on Wednesday.

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'

Pistorius said 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.

For Oscar Pistorius's full affadavit, click here