21 Nov 2013

Pistorius facing more gun charges

9:40 pm on 21 November 2013

South African Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius has been formally charged with two additional gun-related offences.

Prosecutors say the charges add to those Pistorius already faces over the killing of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on 14 February this year and illegally possessing ammunition.

The new charges relate to two incidents of Pistorius discharging a firearm on two separate occasions before Ms Steenkamp's death, AFP reports.

He is accused of firing a gun in a Johannesburg restaurant and separately out of the sunroof of a car. The new charges had been expected, as part of the prosecution's effort to centralise disparate gun charges against the sprinter in an effort to paint him as gun crazed.

The double amputee, known as the "Blade Runner" for the fibreglass prosthetic legs he uses in competition, shocked the world after admitted to killing Ms Steenkamp, a model 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.

Pistorius catapulted to fame at the 2012 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.