Pistorius 'mortified over death'

Oscar Pistorius has said he was "absolutely mortified at the death of my beloved Reeva" during a bail hearing. He denies the charge of premeditated murder, claiming he mistook her for an intruder.

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Pistorius 'mortified' at death of his girlfriend

Oscar Pistorius has claimed he mistook his girlfriend for an intruder when he shot and killed her at his home in South Africa last week.

But at his bail hearing, the prosecution said Pistorius had opened fire, knowing it was Reeva Steenkamp.

A private funeral ceremony was held for the 29-year-old today.

ITV News' Africa Correspondent Rohit Kachroo reports from Pretoria.

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IPC President speaks of 'shock' after Pistorius arrest

In an open letter the International Paralympic Committee President Sir Philip Craven has spoken about his shock after the arrest of Oscar Pistorius after the alleged murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Sir Philip said:

"On Thursday morning we all woke up to terribly tragic news; news we did not think was possible, and news at first we did not want to hear, believe, or start to comprehend. It was the world’s biggest news story of the day and unfortunately it involved one of our leading athletes.

International Paralympic Committee President Sir Philip Craven
International Paralympic Committee President Sir Philip Craven Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

"My personal reaction was one of total shock and disbelief, followed by deep sympathy and condolences for the family of Reeva Steenkamp, who has tragically lost her life."

Read the full letter here.

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Friend tells court it was 'clear Oscar really loved Reeva'

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Oscar Pistorius, trembling, is asked by the Magistrate if he agrees with the affidavit as it was read out "Yes, sir - yes your worship," he answers.

Now on to a second statement from a friend; "Oscar told me that his relationship with Reeva was not like any of his previous relationships"

"It was clear that Oscar really loved her (Reeva)... He is a humble, generous, kind person."

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