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Athlete Oscar Pistorius weeps in court in Pretoria, South Africa. Antoine de Ras/AP

Oscar Pistorius disputes murder charge "in the strongest terms"

In a statement issued through his family, the athlete sent his “deepest sympathies” to the family of his girlfriend.

OSCAR PISTORIUS’ FAMILY have issued a statement on his behalf in which they say that the “alleged murder” of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp is “disputed in the strongest terms”.

Earlier today lawyers representing the athlete were been granted a postponement for a bail application until Tuesday to allow time for their own investigations into the death of the model. Pistorius will be held in custody until then in a local police station.

At the start of today’s hearing, the Paralympian broke down in tears with one local reporter stating he ‘sobbed uncontrollably’.

“Oscar Pistorius has made history as an Olympic and Paralympic sportsman and has been an inspiration to others the world over,” his family’s statement said.

He has made it very clear that he would like to send his deepest sympathies to the family of Reeva. He would also like 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.

Pistorius’ model girlfriend was found dead in the early hours of St Valentine’s day, shot four times in the upper body and head with a 9mm pistol.

Though early media reports said it may have been a case of mistaken identity, prosecutors made it clear they were going to pursue a pre-meditated murder charge.

Read: Oscar Pistorius breaks down in court as bail hearing postponed>

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