Pistorius is 'humbled and broken'

A preacher who prayed with Oscar Pistorius yesterday in a police cell has told ITV News he "saw a very humbled and broken young man." The Paralympian is in court tomorrow charged with the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. He denies the charge.

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Preacher says Pistorius is 'humbled and broken'

by - Africa Correspondent

A preacher has described praying with Oscar Pistorius for an hour yesterday, describing the athlete as 'humbled and broken'.

The preacher, Olga Booysen, said: "It was very devastating... I saw a very humbled and broken young man."

She said she prayed with Pistorius last night:

"For me it was very devastating and a very sad moment when I entered the cell."

See the interview on ITV News at Ten.


Pistorius' agent thanks fans for supportive messages

Oscar Pistorius' agent made a brief statement to reporters after visiting the Olympic star at the Brooklyn Police Station in Pretoria. He confirmed he has cancelled all of the athlete's contracted upcoming races, and thanked the public for their many supportive messages. He said:

I have decided that following these tragic events that we have no option but to cancel all future races that Oscar Pistorius had been contracted to compete in, to allow Oscar to concentrate on the upcoming legal proceedings and to help and support all those involved as they try to come to terms with this very difficult and distressing situation.

Regarding sponsors and partners, I can confirm that at this point in time, all parties are supportive and their contractual commitments are maintained. They have said they are happy to let the legal process takes its course before making any change in their position.

On Oscar's behalf, we, as his management company, would like to formally thank the thousands of people who have sent supportive messages which have come from all over the world.

Report: 'Bloodied cricket bat' found at Pistorius' home

Police in South Africa are reportedly investigating the discovery of a bloodied cricket bat in the home of Oscar Pistorius, according to media reports in South Africa.

South Africa's City Press said police are investigating a number of scenarios involving the bat, one of which being that Oscar Pistorius used it as a weapon to viciously beat his former girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

Pistorius and his family 'strongly refute' the murder charge against him.

City Press said they spoke to three sources close to the investigation, who all ruled out the possibility that Pistorius could have mistaken Steenkamp for an intruder.

A police spokeswoman told the Guardian they could not explain how the claims had emerged, but did not deny them.

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