Oscar Pistorius, the South African Olympic and Paralympic runner, has been charged with murder following the fatal shooting of his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, at his home in Pretoria.
Police confirmed that Pistorius, 26, was in custody at a local police station and that a 26-year-old man would appear in court this afternoon, adding “we will be opposing bail.”
They also said they were “surprised” by earlier reports that the victim had been mistaken for a burglar.
A police spokeswoman said there were “no signs of forced entry” at Pistorius’s home in the Silverlakes complex in the Boschkop area of the capital, and that “the only two people on the premises were the deceased and the resident.” However, she told reporters that officers would be interviewing witnesses.
The spokeswoman said police were aware of a history of disturbances at the property: “I can confirm that there have been previous incidents at the premises… there have been allegations of a domestic nature at the premises.”
The shooting is said to have taken place between 4am and 5am local time (2-3am GMT) with the victim wounded in the head and upper body. A 9mm hand gun was recovered from the scene.
Pistorius, 26, became the first double leg amputee to run in the Olympics during London 2012, competing in the men’s 400m and 4x400m relay. Known as the “blade runner” due to the prosthetic legs he wears to race, he is a huge star in his native South Africa.