15/02/2013 02:27 GMT | Updated 15/02/2013 05:32 GMT

Oscar Pistorius Shooting: Olympian Arrives In South African Court Charged With Murder Of Reeva Steenkamp

Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius "sobbed uncontrollably" in court on Friday as he was formally charged with murder.

The South African athlete is accused of killing his girlfriend at his home in Pretoria in the early hours of Thursday morning.

The gold-medal winner, known as the Blade Runner for his prosthetic legs, earlier left a police station with a coat over his head and arrived at the court amid a media frenzy, TV footage showed.

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Oscar Pistorius holds his head in his hands and sobs in court

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Pistorius arrives at a South African magistrates court on Friday morning

Pistorius, 26, was arrested on Thursday over the killing of Reeva Steenkamp, 30, who had been shot in the head and upper body.

It has emerged in the South African press that Steenkamp had been shot four times through a bathroom door.

Prosecutors have indicated they plan to pursue premeditated murder charges.

The court will reconvene on Tuesday and Pistorius will remain in police custody until then.


Oscar Pistorius's career in pictures

Oscar Pistorius's career in pictures

Oscar Pistorius's career in pictures