Oscar Pistorius issues statement; rejects murder charge in `strongest terms`

Last Updated: Feb 15, 2013, 19:00 PM IST

Zeenews Sports Bureau

Pretoria, South Africa: In a statement issued by South African Paralympic superstar Oscar Pistorius' agent, the Paralympian said that he disputed the charge in the "strongest terms".

"Firstly, and most importantly, all our thoughts today must be with the family and friends of Reeva Steenkamp," the statement said.

"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 broke into tears in court on Friday as his defence against charges of "premeditated murder" began at the Pretoria Magistrates` Court. He allegedly shot his girlfriend in the early hours on Thursday morning.

Magistrate Desmond Nair agreed to allow Oscar Pistorius to be held at a police station in Brooklyn, Pretoria, instead of being put in a local prison. He also agreed to shift the bail hearing to Tuesday, when the court will reconvene.

The charge against the Paralympic hero is of "premeditated murder" as the prosecution does not believe it was an accident.