BREAKING NEWS: Blade Runner Oscar Pistorius arrested after ‘he accidentally shot dead his girlfriend at his South Africa home after mistaking her for a burglar’

Incident happened on his Pretoria farm,  north-east of Johannesburg at 4am

  • Dead woman is former FHM model Reeva  Steenkamp
  • She was shot several times in the head,  chest and the arm
  • Pistorius believed to have told police he  thought she was an intruder
  • Media reporting it could have been a  Valentine’s Day surprise gone wrong
  South African paralympic star Oscar Pistorius  has been arrested after reportedly shooting his girlfriend dead in the middle of  the night after mistaking her for a burglar.

It happened at 4am this morning and the woman  may have been killed after a Valentine’s Day surprise went tragically  wrong.

The dead woman is  Reeva Steenkamp, 30, a former FHM model who has been dating Mr Pistorius for two  months.

She was shot in the head, the chest and the  arm, police in the country have said, and Mr Pistorius will appear in court  later this morning.

Just yesterday, Miss Steenkamp spoke  excitedly on Twitter about her plans for Valentine’s Day. She said: ‘What do  you have up your sleeve for your love tomorrow??? #getexcited  #ValentinesDay’

Replying to a follower, she later added:  ‘That sounds amazing! Wow that’s what it’s all about! It should be a day of love  for everyone 🙂 may it be blessed!’

 
Incident: Oscar Pistorius with Reeva Steenkamp, 30, a former FHM model who is believed to have been shot dead today

Incident: Oscar Pistorius is believed to have shot dead  his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, 30, a former FHM model, pictured together in  November

 
Star: Oscar Pistorius has reportedly been arrested this morning having shot his girlfriend in the head and arm, killing her

Star: Oscar Pistorius has reportedly been arrested this  morning having shot his girlfriend in the head and arm, killing her

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Message: Reeva yesterday went on to Twitter to say how excited she was about Valentine's Day

Message: Reeva yesterday went on to Twitter to say how  excited she was about Valentine’s Day

Police spokesperson Katlego Mogale told the  media that she could not confirm the man’s identity until he appears in  court.

She added that a 9mm pistol was recovered  from the scene and a case of  murder is being investigated.

Police are still busy with preliminary  investigations on the scene, and statements are being taken from  neighbours.

Athletics South Africa declined to comment  this morning, with a spokeswoman saying it was a private matter.

A UK-based spokeswoman for the athlete also  declined to comment.

Mr Pistorious, 26, is widely known as the  Blade Runner, he is has also been dubbed ‘the fastest man on no  legs’.

The Johannesburg-born athlete, who was born  without fibulas in his legs and had the limbs amputated below the knee when he  was 11 months old, had  to win a legal battle over his blades with the  International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) in 2008 for the right  to compete in  able-bodied competition.

He was the first double amputee to run in the  Olympics and reached the 400 semi-finals in London 2012.

The body of the woman has been removed from  his house and the athlete is being questioned.

The track star lives on a large farm  north-east of Johannesburg in the  Pretoria region of South Africa, which is  heavily guarded.

In an interview with the Mail before London  2012 it was revealed he slept  with a pistol next to his bed and kept a machine  gun by a window.

Scene: Police were called to Oscar's home, pictured, at 4am where a 30-year-old woman was treated by paramedics but died there

Scene: Police were called to Oscar’s home, pictured, at  4am where a 30-year-old woman was treated by paramedics but died there

 

Death: Oscar Pistorius on his Pretoria at his house in Pretoria, where a woman believed to be his girlfriend was found shot dead today

Death: Oscar Pistorius on his Pretoria at his house in  Pretoria, where a woman believed to be his girlfriend was found shot dead  today

 
 
Grand: Mr Pistorius lives in a large farm in Pretoria, which is surrounded by high walls and armed guards

Grand: Mr Pistorius lives in a large farm in Pretoria,  which is surrounded by high walls and armed guards

Miss Steenkamp, a law graduate from Port  Elizabeth, gave an interview to the Sunday Times in South Africa last week where  she described her  boyfriend as ‘an impeccable man who always her best interests  at heart’.

On her Facebook and Twitter pages, she  describes herself as an ‘SA Model,  FHM Cover Girl, Tropika Island of Treasure  Celeb Contestant, Law  Graduate, Ambassador’

Sarit Tomlinson, Steenkamp’s publicist, told  Sky News: ‘She was the sweetest human being and an absolute angel on earth. She  was the kindest, most unbelievable girl.

‘They had been together for a couple of  months and it had been a healthy, fabulous relationship. At the moment it’s  shocking. No-one knows what’s happened.

‘She was a rising star. There was so much in  the pipeline for her: she was just about to explode into the media.

‘She was a very talented, very bright young  girl. It’s too shocking for words. We’ll miss her so much, too much. Our  condolences go to her family.’

Model: Reeva Steenkamp had been seeing Oscar since November but had forged her own successful career in South Africa

Model: Reeva Steenkamp had been seeing Oscar since  November but had forged her own successful career in South Africa

 
Reeva
Reeva
 

Famous: The 30-year-old has 3,000 followers on Twitter  and is a law graduate from Port Elizabeth, South Africa

 
The blade-runner has done more than any other  athlete to put the Paralympics on the global map since he first won medals aged  17 in the Athens Games of 2004.

He was expected to take home a haul of  paralympic golds at London 2012 but failed to deliver.

His first final was in the 200m, where he  finished a shock second to Oliveira, and then accused rivals, including his  young conqueror, of running on blades that were too long.

Then Pistorius had to settle for fourth place  in the 100m individual event when the glory – and the went to Britain’s new  track icon, Jonnie Peacock.

But this defeat and the outburst were  followed by a measure of redemption when Pistorius anchored his country’s  4 x 100m relay gold in a world record time.

Icon: The athlete has done more than anyone to promote disabled sport and is one of the world's most famous athletes

Icon: The athlete has done more than anyone to promote  disabled sport and is one of the world’s most famous athletes

Winner: Oscar Pistorius celebrates with his gold medal following the men's 400m win at London 2012

Winner: Oscar Pistorius celebrates with his gold medal  following the men’s 400m win at London 2012

South Africa has some of the world’s  highest  rates of violent crime and some home-owners carry weapons to  defend themselves  against intruders.

An average of nearly 50 people are  murdered  there each day, while there are also high levels of assault,  rape, robbery and  carjackings.

According to United Nations research, South  Africa has one of the highest firearm-related homicide rates in  the world,  second only to Colombia at the time.

The rate, which was measured per 100,000  people, put the country’s score four times higher than the US.

According to statistics 12.7 in every 100  people in South Africa own a gun and it is estimated there are  almost six  million civilian firearms.

The BBC reported that in 2008/09 there were  662 murders in the UK, while in South Africa there were 18,148.

On top of this there are also an alleged  18,000 attempted murders each year.

Image: This picture from inside the home shows Oscar and one of his dogs with Reeva Steenkamp at a party with friends

Image: This picture from inside the home shows Oscar and  one of his dogs with Reeva Steenkamp at a party with friends

 

Just three days ago, Pistorius tweeted about  his excitement regarding his first race of 2013, accompanied by a photograph of  him in action.

He said: ‘1 month till my first race of  2013.. Can’t wait to burn it up!’

South African journalist Kalay Maistry told  Sky News: ‘It is alleged that he thought his girlfriend, who’d come in to try to  surprise him for Valentine’s Day, was an intruder. It’s alleged that he shot her  in the arm and head.

‘I think what this actually highlights is the  level of fear ordinary South Africans have.

‘This is a man who has gone to bed, it’s an  innocent surprise from a girlfriend … and the moment he thinks someone is trying  to break in he grabs his gun.

‘This has come as a complete surprise for a  man who’s considered a national hero.’

 
 

On Pistorius’s website, a quote from Lord Coe  from before London 2012 describes him as a ‘real inspiration to people around  the world’, and a spokesman from sports giant Nike describes time with Pistorius  as ‘some of the most inspirational time we’ve ever spent around an  athlete’.

Lord Coe said: ‘Oscar is an extraordinary  athlete who has made a significant impact in international sport.

‘It will be fantastic to see him compete in  London this summer – spectators can expect a real treat!

‘He’s been a real inspiration to people  around the world so we were thrilled when he decided to join our International  Inspiration programme as an ambassador, helping us to inspire young people  worldwide.’

Arturo Nunez, Nike emerging markets marketing  director, said: ‘Nike routinely works with the best athletes in the world, and  Oscar Pistorius stands out on that list.

‘Many world-class athletes visit Nike and  amaze our community, but the two weeks that Oscar spent on campus last summer  went down as some of the most inspirational time we’ve ever spent around an  athlete.’

Source : By Martin Robinson and Simon Tomlinson

 

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