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There was so much in the pipeline for her: she was just about to explode into the media. His first final was in the 200m, where he finished a shock second to Brazilian Alan Oliveira, and then accused rivals, including his young conqueror, of running on blades that were too long.Then Pistorius had to settle for fourth place in the 100m individual event when the glory went to Britain’s new track icon, Jonnie Peacock.South African paralympic star Oscar Pistorius has been charged with murder and is in custody after reportedly shooting his girlfriend dead in the middle of the night after mistaking her for a burglar.It happened at 4am this morning and the woman may have been killed after a Valentine’s Day surprise went tragically wrong at his mansion in Pretoria.The Johannesburg athlete, who was born without fibulas in his legs and had the limbs amputated below the knee when he was 11 months old, had to win a legal battle over his blades with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) in 2008 for the right to compete in able-bodied competition.He was the first double amputee to run in the able-bodied Olympics and reached the 400 semi-finals in London 2012.
On February 1, Steenkamp tweeted about Pistorius, saying: ‘He certainly doesn’t need more followers but he’s beautiful to look at & says some smart stuff too ;).’ On her Facebook and Twitter pages, she describes herself as an ‘SA Model, FHM Cover Girl, Tropika Island of Treasure Celeb Contestant, Law Graduate, Ambassador’.Officers are still busy with preliminary investigations at the scene, and statements are being taken from neighbours on the luxury Silverwoods estate.Homes there are surrounded by a giant wall, with electric fences and armed guards who stop every vehicle leaving or entering to keep it secure in a country with high rates of violent crime.At the time, the FHM model said the pair were ‘just friends’.But when it became clear that Pistorius and Steenkamp were in fact dating, the sportsman’s then ex Samantha Taylor said: ‘Oscar has such a way with women.
South African journalist Kalay Maistry told Sky News: ‘It is alleged that he thought his girlfriend, who’d come in to try to surprise him for Valentine’s Day, was an intruder.