Update: Oscar Pistorius charged with murder after reports he shot dead girlfriend

Oscar Pistorius during a training session at Lee Valley Athletics Centre

Oscar Pistorius during a training session at Lee Valley Athletics Centre - Credit: EMPICS Sport

PARALYMPIC and Olympic star Oscar Pistorius has been charged with murder after allegedly shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp after mistaking her for an intruder.

Her body was discovered at the athlete’s home in the Silver Woods country estate in eastern Pretoria, South African police said.

The 26-year-old is alleged to have shot his 30-year-old model girlfriend in the head and upper body.

He was due at Pretoria Magistrate’s Court this afternoon on a murder charge, but prosecutors said his appearance had been delayed until Friday morning to give forensic officers time to carry out their work.

Pistorius was arrested on Thursday morning following the shooting and taken to hospital for a medical examination.

Paramedics were called to his home between 4am and 5am local time.

Police arrived shortly afterwards and a 9mm pistol was recovered from the scene. They have launched a murder investigation.

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“The deceased was shot four times and died on the scene. It is believed that she was the girlfriend of the accused,” said police spokesman Katlego Mogale.

Miss Steenkamp’s body was removed by a hearse at around 8am.

Pistorius and Miss Steenkamp are believed to have been seeing each other since November.

Pistorius – known as the “blade runner” – was the first double amputee to run in the Olympics.

Pistorius races wearing carbon fibre prosthetic blades after he was born without a fibula in both legs.

He reached the 400m semi-finals in the London 2012 Olympics. At the Paralympics he won gold in the T44 400m, setting a Paralympic record.

For years he dominated in his category at successive Paralympic Games.