(ATR) The bond hearing of Oscar Pistorius was delayed until Tuesday. The defense magistrate made the request for the delay.
Oscar Pistorius in court on Friday. (Getty Images)
On Friday, Pistorius, 26, was formally charged with murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. He was accused of “pre-meditated murder”, with police claiming he shot his girlfriend four times in the bathroom of his Pretoria home on Thursday.
His associates and family denied the charges of pre-meditated murder. If he is found guilty, he could spend life in prison. He will remain in police custody until his bail hearing is complete. Police said they would fight his request for bail, while Pistorius’ lawyers claim he is not a flight risk.
Pistorius was seen visibly shaking and sobbing during the hearing.
On Friday, Pistorius’ management and family issued a statement denying the charges “in the strongest terms.”
"Firstly, and most importantly, all our thoughts today must be with the family and friends of Reeva Steenkamp," the statement began.
"These are now live and active legal proceedings which must be allowed to take their course through the process of proper investigation by the police, evidence-gathering and through the local South African judicial system.
"In a short hearing lawyers representing the athlete asked for a postponement for a bail application until Tuesday next week to allow time for their own investigation into the circumstances of the tragedy, which was agreed by the magistrate, who also agreed that Pistorius would be held in custody at a local police station.
"Oscar Pistorius has made history as an Olympic and Paralympic sportsman and has been an inspiration to others the world over. He has made it very clear that he would like to send his deepest sympathies to the family of Reeva. He would also like
Reeva Steenkamp, 30, was a model. (Getty Images)
to express his thanks through us today for all the messages of support he has received - but as stated our thoughts and prayers today should be for Reeva and her family - regardless of the circumstances of this terrible, terrible tragedy.
"We will endeavour to issue other statements as matters develop but in these circumstances I am sure you appreciate it is very difficult to answer any more specific questions. Thank you very much for your attention."
Pistorius sponsor Nike pulled an ad late Thursday from Pistorius' website that featured the sprinter bursting out of starting blocks with the words: "I am the bullet in the chamber."
In a statement to The Oregonian
newspaper, Nike said: "Nike felt it was appropriate to take the ad down from Oscar’s website recognizing the sensitivities of the situation."
Written by Ed Hula III.
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