15 February 2013

South African Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius has been arrested by South African police for allegedly shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his home in Pretoria, local media are reporting.

Pretoria police have confirmed that a 30-year-old woman has died after being shot this morning at the home of Paralympian Oscar Pistorius in the Silver Lakes area Of Pretoria.

South African journalist Kalay Maistry told Sky News: "It is alleged that he thought his girlfriend, who'd come in to try to surprise him for Valentines Day, was an intruder. It’s alleged that he shot her at least twice in the arm and head.
"I think what this actually highlights is the level of fear ordinary South Africans have.
"This is a man who has gone to bed, it's an innocent surprise from a girlfriend … and the moment he thinks someone is trying to break in he grabs his gun.
"This has come as a complete surprise for a man who's considered a national hero," she added.
The Johannesburg-born athlete, known as the "Blade Runner", made history in 2012 when he became the first amputee to compete in the Olympics.

The athlete had both legs amputated below the knee when he was 11 months old, because of a congenital condition, and runs on carbon fibre blades.He won gold in the 4x400m relay at the Paralympic Games.Last year Time Magazine named him as one of the world's 100 most influential people.



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