Pistorius to be charged with premeditated murder
But Nair ruled: “...I cannot ignore the state’s claim that the murder was planned.”
State attorney Gerrie Nel revealed that Steenkamp had arrived at Pistorius’s home with an overnight bag at about 6pm last Wednesday. At about 3am the next morning, Pistorius, 26, shot Steenkamp, 30, three times through the locked bathroom door. He forced it open, carried her to the front door and told his sister that he had shot Steenkamp as he thought she “was a burglar”.
“Why would he arm himself, get on his prosthetic legs and walk 7m to the bathroom door and shoot the deceased? Even if it was a burglar, Pistorius still intended to kill the intruder and this in itself constitutes premeditated murder,” Nel argued.
Pistorius’s lawyer, Barry Roux, said: “This cannot be a schedule six murder, it cannot even be murder. The state has no objective facts to prove this.”