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Sunday 13 July 2014

Pistorius murder charge: 'steroids found at athlete’s home’

Published 18/02/2013|10:48

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Oscar Pistorius will reportedly be tested for steroids after the banned drug was found at the home where he is accused of murdering his model girlfriend

OSCAR Pistorius will reportedly be tested for steroids after the banned drug was found at the home where he is accused of murdering his model girlfriend.

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The Paralympic superstar (26) is accused of murdering his model girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp (29) in the early hours of Valentine’s Day.

Police asked for blood taken from Mr Pistorius to be tested for steroids, according to reports in the South African City Press today.

It is understood the move was made in anticipation that the Pistorius defence team might claim he acted in “roid rage” – an aggressive condition associated with taking large doses of performance-enhancing drugs.

There was no immediate comment from police of the reported discovery of steroids.

The mother of Ms Steenkamp has said she is desperate for answers about why her daughter was killed.

June Steenkamp cried as she described the loss of "the most beautiful person who ever lived" following a "horrendous death".

"She loved like no one else could love. She had so much of herself to give and now all of it is gone. Just like that, she is gone. In the blink of an eye and a single breath, the most beautiful person who ever lived is no longer here," she told South Africa's Times newspaper.

"All we have is this horrendous death to deal with, to get to grips with. All we want are answers, answers as to why this had to happen, why our beautiful daughter had to die like this."

The law student (29) was shot in the head, hand, hip and arm in a gated compound outside Pretoria where the Paralympian lives. 

He was arrested shortly afterwards. He is reported to have claimed he shot Miss Steenkamp thinking she was an intruder but he faces a charge of premeditated murder.

Mrs Steenkamp said her daughter was "so proud of being a South African". "She loved this country and all its people. This was the only place she called home," she told The Times.

Tomorrow, she will be buried near her home in Port Elizabeth following an "intimate" family funeral.

Mr Pistorius will appear before Pretoria Magistrates Court for a bail hearing also tomorrow, and he is expected to make a short statement.

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