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Pistorius to face two more gun-related charges

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 30 October, 2013, 9:11pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 30 October, 2013, 9:12pm
 

South African Paralympic runner Oscar Pistorius will face two additional gun-related charges at his trial for the murder of his girlfriend, prosecutors said.

The prosecution won permission to add the charges to their main case against Pistorius for the Valentine's Day death of Reeva Steenkamp, even though the two alleged violations are understood to have taken place before the killing.

"The prosecution received authorisation to combine or centralise all charges against Mr Pistorius," the National Prosecution Authority's spokesman, Nathi Mncube, said.

Pistorius' defence team was informed of the decision on Tuesday, he said, adding that the charges were not new, without elaborating.

The double amputee, known as the "Blade Runner" for the carbon-fibre prosthetic legs he uses in competition, shocked the world when he admitted to killing Steenkamp, a blonde cover girl and law graduate.

He has, however, denied murder, saying he shot her through a locked bathroom door in his upmarket Pretoria home because he thought she was an intruder.

While Mncube was quoted as stressing the "convenience" of having the cases heard together, prosecutors have hinted at a strategy that will portray Pistorius as trigger happy and that the killing was premeditated.

According to local media, the sprint star once fired a shot through the sunroof of his former girlfriend Samantha Taylor's car. He had also allegedly accidentally discharged a firearm at a Johannesburg restaurant, weeks before he killed Steenkamp.

Pistorius catapulted to fame at last year's London Olympics as the first double-amputee to compete against able-bodied athletes. But the killing sent shock waves around the world and since then his reckless past and love of fast cars, beautiful women and guns has emerged in the media.

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