NEWS ON OSCAR PISTORIUS AS TRIAL NEARS…


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	South African paralympic and Olympic sprinter  Oscar Pistorius weeps as he appears in the Pretoria magistrates court after spending the night in police custody in Pretoria, South Africa 15 February 2013. Pistorius has been officially charged with murder. He was arrested 14 February 2013 for allegedly shooting and killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his home in the Silverwoods security estate in Pretoria, South Africa. <br /><br />

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South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius weeps as he appears in the Pretoria magistrates court for murder charges.

Blade Runner Oscar Pistorius isn’t letting his upcoming murder trial for the shooting death of his model girlfriend stop him from partying, it was reported Monday.Oscar-Pistorius

Pistorius was spotted recently cavorting with pals at a trendy Johannesburg nightclub, witnesses told Britain’s The Sun newspaper.

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And, in a shocking show of poor taste, he was downing shots of alcohol known as “shooters,” the paper reported.

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“Pistorius Lawyers Appeal Bail Conditions”


ABC NEWS

By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA Associated Press

JOHANNESBURG March 11, 2013 (AP)
Olympic athlete, Oscar Pistorius , in court, Feb. 22, 2013, in Pretoria, South Africa, for his bail hearing charged with the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. (AP Photo)
Olympic athlete, Oscar Pistorius , in court, Feb. 22, 2013, in Pretoria, South Africa, for his bail hearing charged with the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. (AP Photo)

Lawyers for Oscar Pistorius have filed an appeal in a South African court against bail restrictions imposed on the Olympian, who is charged with murdering his girlfriend, according to papers released by the Pistorius family on Monday.

“The conditions appealed against are unwarranted and not substantiated by the facts,” said the appeal, which was filed Friday in Pretoria, the South African capital.

The appeal reflected the robust defense strategy of lawyers for Pistorius, who has been staying at his uncle Arnold’s home in a Pretoria suburb since he was released on bail on Feb. 22.

It is a delicate balance because the Pistorius family has also sought to keep a low profile, expressing sorrow for the death of Reeva Steenkamp on Feb. 14. Pistorius says he mistakenly shot Steenkamp, thinking she was an intruder in his home. Prosecutors believe he killed her intentionally after an argument.

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“Prosecutors: ‘Non-stop’ argument heard at Oscar Pistorius’ home before fatal shooting”


MSNBC

By Rohit Kachroo, Michelle Kosinski

and Alastair Jamieson, NBC News

PRETORIA, South Africa — Witnesses heard a “non-stop” argument at the home of Olympian Oscar Pistorius shortly before he fatally shot his girlfriend, prosecutors told a South African court Wednesday.

Shouting was heard for an hour from the sprinter’s home in a Pretoria suburb around 2 a.m. on Valentine’s Day, prosecutors said.

Two boxes of testosterone and needles were found in the Olympic and Paralympic star’s bedroom, the court heard.

Pistorius was brought into the court wearing a black suit and blue tie on the second day of a hearing that will decide whether he would be bailed over charges that the shooting of model Reeva Steenkamp was premeditated.

 “Good morning, your worship,” he said, before taking a seat in the crowded court.Pistorius, 26, stared fixedly at the floor and cried as an investigator described the scene when officers arrived at the house.None of the phones found at Pistorius’ house had been used to call police, the investigators said.   FULL  ARTICLE Continue reading ““Prosecutors: ‘Non-stop’ argument heard at Oscar Pistorius’ home before fatal shooting””

“Pistorius bawls in court as prosecutors detail girlfriend’s death”


Pretoria, South Africa (CNN) — Oscar Pistorius sobbed uncontrollably in a Pretoria courtroom Tuesday as prosecutors described how they say he murdered his girlfriend.

The state said the killing was premeditated: Pistorius armed himself, attached his prosthetic legs and walked 7 meters before shooting Reeva Steenkamp, who had come to spend the night, through the bathroom door, prosecutors said.

Pistorius fired four times, prosecutors said; Steenkamp was struck thrice inside a locked bathroom.

He “shot and killed an innocent woman,” senior state prosecutor Gerrie Nel said.

As Nel spoke, Pistorius buried his face in his hands.

But defense attorney Barry Roux said the shooting was not premeditated; Pistorius shot his girlfriend thinking she was a burglar, he said.

The prosecution doubted that assertion, asking why a burglar would lock up in a bathroom.

But Roux questioned how the prosecution would know Pistorius attached his prosthetic legs and walked to the bathroom. Police have said Pistorius and Steenkamp, now deceased, were the only ones in the home.

The global sports hero, known as the “Blade Runner,” was in court for a bail hearing Tuesday. The last time the world saw images of Pistorius was when he was initially charged Friday, when the track star crumbled upon hearing the word “murder.”

The courtroom scenes are a far cry from the packed stadiums that erupted in applause for the double-amputee who dared to compete against men with legs.

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