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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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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Murder case opened after shooting at Pistorius' home

Police have told South African media that a murder case has been opened following this morning's shooting at the home of Oscar Pistorius in Pretoria.

Spokesperson Katlego Mogale confirmed to news channel eNCA that a 26-year-old man had been arrested, but would not confirm it was Pistorius until the suspect appeared in court.

She confirmed that the shooting took place inside the house and said officers were taking statements from neighbours.

She said police arrived to find paramedics on the scene treating the woman, who they declared dead shortly afterwards.

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