Pistorius to remain in custody

The Olympic and Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius is to remain in custody overnight after being charged with murder having allegedly shot dead his girlfriend at his home in Pretoria, South Africa. He will appear in court tomorrow.

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Uncle: 'We must never forget what Reeva stood for'

Reeva Steenkamp's uncle, Mike Steenkamp, has paid tribute to his niece outside her family's home in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

He told reporters: "It was such a devastating shock that her whole life, what she could achieve, never came to fulfilment. And i'll just say she's with the angels".

Mike Steenkamp said his niece's death was a devastating shock

"How it pans out at the end of the day, we will all know the story, the true story, but must never forget what Reeva stood for. She loved people, she loved everybody, and it was her heart that went out."

Reeva Steenkamp was shot dead at the home of her boyfriend Oscar Pistorius who has been charged with her murder

SA sprinter Oscar Pistorius faces murder charge

The Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius will remain in custody overnight after being charged with murder of his girlfriend at his home in Pretoria, South Africa.

Model Reeva Steenkamp, 30, was shot four times in the early hours of this morning.

Pistorius is due to appear in court tomorrow.

ITV News' Africa Correspondent Rohit Kachroo reports from Pretoria.


Reality show producer: Reeva was 'truly amazing'

The executive producer of reality show Tropika Island of Treasure which Reeva Steenkamp recently filmed has paid tribute to the"truly amazing" model.

Reeva was shot dead at the home of her boyfriend Paralympic and Olympic sports star Oscar Pistorius earlier today.

Speaking to South Africa's eNews channel, Samantha Moon said it was impossible not become infected with "Reeva Fever, she was that lovely".

The show is due to premiere this weekend and Ms Moon said that after deliberations about whether the show should air she felt very strong that is should.

"The fact is people don't know this amazing women. Since we have the footage of her it would almost be a disservice not to have that air".

Prosecution on Oscar Pistorius court hearing delay

A spokesman for South Africa's Prosecuting Authority has said that Oscar Pistorius will be appear in court on Friday charged with the murder of his girlfriend.

Reeva Steenkamp was shot four times at the Olympic and Paralympic star's house in Pretoria, police said.

Pistorius' court hearing was originally scheduled for this afternoon but was postponed until Friday to give forensic investigators time to carry out their work, said Medupe Simasiku, a spokesman for the prosecution.

Paralympians express their shock at Pistorius' arrest

The news of South African sports star Oscar Pistorius' arrest on suspicion of murder has shocked many fellow Paralympians.

London 2012 Paralympic 200m champion Richard Whitehead tweeted:

Wheelchair racer Shelly Woods, silver medallist in the London 2012:

US Paralympic sprinter and 14-time world record holder, April Holmes, tweeted:


South African cable TV channel pulls Pistorius adverts

As a global sports icon Oscar Pistorius has various sponsorship deals, including one with sports giant Nike, thought to be worth $2 million a year.

South Africa's M-Net cable TV channel said it was pulling adverts featuring Pistorius off-air immediately.

Earlier, a Nike spokesman in London said before hearing of the murder charge that the company was "saddened by the news, but we have no further comment to make at this stage".

Icelandic prosthetics manufacturer Ossur said:

I can only say that our thoughts and prayers are with Oscar and the families involved in the tragedy. It is completely premature to discuss or speculate on our business relationship with him.

– Jon Sigurdsson, chief executive of Ossur

Reeva Steenkamp's parents 'devastated' by her death

Reeva Steenkamp's parents are "devastated by the loss of their daughter", her former headteacher Greg Stokell has told the South African Press Association.

According to the South African media, Miss Steenkamp's family has now confirmed her publicist's statement that the model was the woman shot dead at the home of Oscar Pistorius.

Mr Stokell said the family does not have any further comment at this time.

Model student Reeva Steenkamp excelled at school

Reeva Steenkamp has been described as a "vibrant, friendly, diligent, and motivated student". Credit: Elite/EMPICS Entertainment

Reeva Steenkamp's former headmaster has said the model was a popular and respected student who "set high goals for herself in everything she did" and "consistently converted opportunities into success".

"She was a vibrant, friendly, diligent, and motivated student who was popular with and respected by staff and peers alike," Greg Stokell told the South African Press Association.

"The St Dominic's Priory school community in Port Elizabeth is both shocked and saddened by Reeva Steenkamp's sudden and tragic death."

Mr Stokell said the model achieved recognition for her good academic results, her participation in hockey and swimming, and in her capacity as a house captain.

Miss Steenkamp went on to graduate with a law degree at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

"From young, Reeva had the full support of her parents who encouraged her to maximise her strengths and abilities to achieve her dreams," he said.

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