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'Domestic incidents at Pistorius's house'

14 February 2013, 14:00

Pretoria - There have previously been incidents of a “domestic nature” at Oscar Pistorius’s house, police said on Thursday following the death of a woman at the South African paralympian's home.

"I confirm there had been previous incidents of a domestic nature at his place but this will form part of the investigation," police spokesperson Brigadier Denise Beukes said.

Pistorius has been charged with murder after allegedly shooting his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, at his house in Silver Woods Country Estate in Pretoria, South Africa.

She said there was no sign of forced entry into Pistorius's house and reports that Steenkamp was shot after she was mistaken for an intruder were not coming from the police.

"As SA Police Services we do not have a report based on those allegations. We only heard over the radio that the woman was shot after she was mistaken for an intruder."

Beukes said forensic detectives were busy collecting evidence from the crime scene and journalists would not be allowed in until the police handed over the scene to the estate's security company.

Bail for Pistorius would also be opposed when he appears in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Thursday at 14:00.

"We are at this stage as the SA Police Services not able to disclose why we are opposing bail," said Beukes.

Pistorius was held at the Boschkop police station in the morning, then taken to the Mamelodi Day Clinic and was expected to be taken to the court after that.

Pistorius was co-operating with police, she said.



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