The uncle of Oscar Pistorius has said he is "numb with shock as well as grief" after the shooting death of his model girlfriend at his home in South Africa, as his family strongly refuted prosecutors' claims that he murdered her.
In the family's first statement on camera since the Valentine's Day shooting, Pistorius' uncle Arnold said:
"We have no doubt there is no substance to the allegation and that the state's own case, including its own forensic evidence, strongly refutes any possibility of a premeditated murder or murder as such."
Pistorius will concentrate on defending himself against allegations that he murdered his model girlfriend on Valentine's morning.
The South African press say the weapon is a key piece of police evidence, but Pistorius' family said the death is a 'tragic accident.'
The family and management of Oscar Pistorius have released a statement disputing the murder charge against him 'in the strongest terms'.