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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Pistorius was in 'fabulous relationship' with girlfriend

Oscar Pistorius had been in a "healthy, fabulous relationship" for the last few months with his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, her agent Sarit Tomlinson has said.

Ms Tomlison described Ms Steenkamp, who has been named in unconfirmed local reports as the victim of this morning's shooting, as an "absolute angel on earth".

Responding to reports of her death, she told Sky News that Ms Steenkamp "was the kindest, most unbelievable girl".

Police have yet to confirm the identity of the victim beyond saying she was a 30-year-old woman.

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SA sports officials respond to Pistorius shooting reports

Olympic sports officials in South Africa have expressed their "deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of all concerned" in response to the allegation that Oscar Pistorius accidentally shot his girlfriend.

The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) said in a statement on its website it had been "inundated with enquiries" since the reports emerged, but said it was "in no position" to comment on the incident.

SASCOC, like the rest of the public, knows no more than what is in the public domain, which is that there has been an alleged fatal shooting on the basis of a mistaken identity and an apparent assumption of a burglary.

There is a police investigation, as is customary with any shooting incident, and it would be irresponsible and inappropriate to comment on the alleged incident until the official investigative process has been completed. Our thoughts are with the respective families at this time.

– SASCOC statement

Athletics South Africa, meanwhile, declined to comment, with a spokeswoman saying it was a private matter. A UK-based spokeswoman for the athlete also declined to comment.

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