As details begin to emerge about the murder of Reeva Steenkamp and the subsequent arrest of Olympian Oscar Pistorius, it seems that it will be very difficult for Pistorius to explain Steenkamp’s death away.
In the past 24 hours, there has been a report that police were called to Pistorius’s residence hours before the shooting. And if that isn’t damning enough, there is also a report that Pistorius shot Steenkamp through a bathroom door. Which has prompted prosecutors to pursue a premeditated murder charge.
But even with all those details against him, Pistorius denies that he murdered Steenkamp. And he denies it in the “strongest terms”.
Here’s the statement that was read in court on behalf of Pistorius on Friday:
“Oscar Pistorius has appeared in court here in Pretoria this morning formally charged with the murder of Reeva Steenkamp. The alleged murder is disputed in the strongest terms.”
The statement added: “Oscar Pistorius has made history as an Olympic and Paralympic sportsman and has been an inspiration to others the world over.
“He has made it very clear that he would like to send his deepest sympathies to the family of Reeva.
“He would also like to express his thanks through us today for all the messages of support he has received – but as stated our thoughts and prayers today should be for Reeva and her family, regardless of the circumstances of this terrible, terrible tragedy.”