South African Paralympian Oscar Pistorius broke down in tears and sobbed uncontrollably as he appeared in court on Friday morning (15Feb13) to face a charge of premeditated murder.
The 26-year-old sprinter was arrested on Thursday (14Feb13) after allegedly shooting dead his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his home in Pretoria, South Africa in the early hours.
The track star, known as Blade Runner, spent Thursday night in a jail cell at a police station in the city before appearing at Pretoria Magistrates Court on Friday morning, when he was officially charged with murder.
Prosecutors confirmed they will argue the killing was premeditated. Pistorius stood to hear the charge against him and broke down in tears as the allegation was read out. He was reportedly comforted by his brother, who put a hand on his shoulder, as the sportsman sobbed throughout the proceedings.
His legal team had been expected to make an application for bail during the hearing, but they asked for it to be postponed until next week (beg18Feb13). Magistrate Desmond Nair granted the request and scheduled a bail hearing for Tuesday (19Feb13). Pistorius will be remanded in custody at a local police station until then.
During the court appearance, the runner's lawyers also asked for cameras to be banned from the courtroom and Nair agreed to rule out live Tv broadcasts of the proceedings.
Steenkamp, 30, was shot four times, and local reports suggested Pistorius had mistaken her for a burglar when she entered his home for a Valentine's Day (14Feb13) surprise. However, police dismissed the story, insisting the reports had not come from an official source.