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Oscar Pistorius back in court for bail hearing over murder charge

Last Updated: 19/02/13 9:07am

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Oscar Pistorius: Back in court on Tuesday for the first time since he broke down at an initial hearing on Friday (above).

Oscar Pistorius: Back in court on Tuesday for the first time since he broke down at an initial hearing on Friday (above).

Oscar Pistorius is in court for a bail hearing where further details of the murder charge against him have been revealed.

The 26-year-old Olympic and Paralympic star appeared in a Pretoria court for his second appearance over the death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, who was found dead at his home on Thursday.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel told the hearing that Pistorius shot Steenkamp four times behind a bathroom door.

Mr Nel said the victim arrived at the house between 5pm and 6pm the night before she was killed at 3am. He said she was locked inside the small bathroom and was unarmed.

The prosecutor also said the athlete, who broke down in tears during the

hearing, had not provided investigators with his own version of what happened.

Barry Roux, defending, said Ms Steenkamp was not murdered, and there were a number of cases where men have shot members of their own family through doors after mistaking them for burglars.

He also suggested that Pistorius broke the bathroom door down to help Ms

Steenkamp after the shooting.

Steenkamp is due to be cremated at a private ceremony in Port Elizabeth later today.

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