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Olympic Blade Runner charged over Valentine's Day death

Oscar Pistorius
Oscar Pistorius Julia Vynokurova / Getty Images

UPDATE: South African police have charged Olympic amputee sprint star Oscar Pistorius with the Valentine's Day murder of his glamorous model girlfriend, but played down reports she was mistaken for a burglar.

"I can confirm that a suspect has been charged, he has been charged with murder,'' Lieutenant Colonel Katlego Mogale told AFP.

Police have opposed bail for Pistorius, who is the only suspect in the case.

Meanwhile police poured cold water on media reports that she had been mistaken as an intruder.

"We were surprised by allegations that the deceased had been perceived to be a burglar,'' said police spokeswoman Denise Beukes.

She said there was no sign of forced entry at Pistorius's home. "The premises are fairly secure ... This is a fairly secure estate.''

Captain Sarah Mcira confirmed to a South African website that Pistorius's girlfriend was shot in the head and arm and died at the scene.

Pistorius, 26, was dubbed Blade Runner for the blade-like prosthetics he wears for his double under-knee amputation.

He became the first double leg amputee to take part in the Olympics when he entered the men's 400 metre race and was a member of the men's 4 x 400 metre relay team at the 2012 London Games.

He won gold at the 2012 Paralympics in the men's 400 metre race in a Paralympics record time of 46.68 seconds and in the 4x100 relay in a world record time of 41.78 seconds.

He also won silver in the 200 metre race with a world record time of 21.30 seconds in the semifinal.

Pistorius had his legs amputated below the knee when he was 11 months old after he was born with a congenital absence of a fibula in both legs.

Read more on the NZ Herald



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