Pistorius to face new weapons charges in South African court: media

JOHANNESBURG Fri Aug 16, 2013 2:17pm EDT

Oscar Pistorius leaves after court proceedings at the Pretoria Magistrates court June 4, 2013. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Oscar Pistorius leaves after court proceedings at the Pretoria Magistrates court June 4, 2013.

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JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Paralympic gold medalist Oscar Pistorius will face new charges of recklessly discharging a weapon in public when he appears in a South African court next week accused of murdering his girlfriend, local media reported on Friday.

Neither prosecutors nor lawyers for Pistorius would comment on the reports carried by TV broadcaster ENCA, radio's Eyewitness News and the national SAPA news agency, citing law enforcement officials.

They said he would face the new charges for allegedly discharging a weapon in a restaurant in January and from a car while driving home from a holiday. Both incidents are alleged to have happened before his girlfriend was killed.

The hearing on Monday is expected to be swift and procedural, with the case moved to a high court and a date set for the start of his trial, legal sources have said.

The double-amputee, known as "Blade Runner" for the prostheses he wears in competition, has admitted to firing four shots through a bathroom door at his Pretoria home, hitting his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, 29, in the head, arm and hip.

Pistorius said in an affidavit presented at a magistrates' court the shooting on Valentine's Day had been a tragic mistake and he was acting in self-defense against what he thought was an intruder.

Prosecutors accused him of premeditated murder for killing Steenkamp, a model and budding reality TV figure.

Pistorius, 26, was one of the most celebrated athletes of the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics in London, making the Olympic 400m semi-final and winning Paralympic gold over the same distance.

(Reporting by Jon Herskovitz and Peroshni Govender; Editing by Alison Williams)

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Comments (2)
jrstokes87 wrote:
What I would like to know is, how in the world would he have not know his girlfriend was the one in the bathroom? I don’t know about everyone else in the world, but I don’t shoot first then ask questions later. Why did he not call out and yell for the person on the other side of the door to identify themselves before discharging his firearm? Ridiculous and insane. How could this man just not know where his girlfriend was and what would make him just put 4 rounds through the bathroom door without even attempting to call out first? This man is a murderer and a liar. A bad one at that.

Aug 16, 2013 3:18pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
mjohn wrote:
Everybody after murdering and that with premeditation, offers very “nice” justification: “Oh, I thought there was an intruder.” “Oh, I am bipolar.” “Oh,I did not know what I was holding was a gun.” “Oh, I thought I was playing with a toy gun.” “Oh, the gun accidentally went off.” I hope the jury may not buy such lame-excuses and the crocodile tears of the defendant in this case.

Aug 16, 2013 5:20pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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