Pistorius allegedly shot Reeva through bathroom door - newspaper report

Oscar Pistorius (centre) is led from the Boschkop police station east of Pretoria,  en route to court today. Picture: AP

Athlete Oscar Pistorius allegedly shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp through a bathroom door, the Beeld newspaper in South Africa has reported.

Paralympic star Pistorius arrived at a court in South Africa today, charged with murdering Ms Steenkamp at his home in Pretoria.

The gold-medal winner, known as the Blade Runner for his prosthetic legs, earlier left a police station with a coat over his head and arrived at the court amid a media frenzy, TV footage showed.

Pistorius, 26, was arrested yesterday over the killing of Reeva Steenkamp, 30, who had been shot in the head and upper body.

Initial reports suggested the model might have been mistaken for a burglar, but Brigadier Denise Beukes later said police were "very surprised" by that suggestion, adding: "These allegations did not come from us."

There had been previous incidents of a “domestic nature” at the property on the exclusive, gated Silver Lakes Golf Estate in the South African capital Pretoria, she added.

A 9mm pistol was recovered and, according to unconfirmed reports, four shots were fired.

Police spokeswoman Lieutenant Colonel Katlego Mogale said: “Paramedics declared the woman dead on the scene and police proceeded with their investigation. The woman sustained wounds to her head and the upper body.”

Police said an application for bail by Pistorius’s lawyer Kenny Oldwage would be opposed.

Dressed in a grey hooded jacket, tracksuit trousers and trainers, Pistorius, 26, walked with head bowed from Boschkop police station yesterday before being taken to Pretoria’s Mamelodi Day Hospital in a police convoy.

Ms Beukes said the medical examination was “standard procedure”.

Mr Oldwage told reporters: “He is very well, obviously emotional, but he is fine.”

Pistorius' spokesman, from the Fast Track agency in London, said he was “assisting the police with their investigations” but no further comment could be made until matters became clearer.

Initial rumours suggested the shooting may have been a Valentine’s Day surprise gone wrong. The couple had only been going out since November.

Steenkamp, a model and law graduate, tweeted the day before Valentine’s Day: “What do you have up your sleeve for your love tomorrow??? £getexcited £ValentinesDay.”

Pistorius appeared to have serious concerns about his safety and was said to sleep with a revolver by his side.

A journalist from the Daily Mail interviewed him last summer and said: “This being South Africa, one baseball bat and one cricket bat lie behind Pistorius’s bedroom door; a revolver is at his bedside; a machine gun by his window.”

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