Bladerunner Pistorius may face new gun charges

African Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius
may face two new charges related to firing
a gun in public when he appears in court
next week, local media reported Friday.
According to eNCA television news, one of
the charges is linked to an event in
January where Pistorius -- who is already
accused of murdering his girlfriend --
accidentally fired a gun in an upmarket
Johannesburg restaurant.
In another case, Pistorius allegedly
discharged his gun out of the sunroof of a
friend's car on their way back from a
The National Prosecuting Authority
declined to confirm the additional
charges, saying "everything would be
revealed in court" at the pre-trial hearing
on Monday.
The 26-year-old double amputee is
expected to be served with an indictment
for murdering his girlfriend Reeva
Steenkamp in the early hours of
Valentine's Day.
He claims he shot Steenkamp through a
locked bathroom door in the dead of
night after he mistook her for an intruder.
The state is arguing that the murder was
premeditated. A date for the trial is
expected to be set on Monday.
Pistorius has kept a low profile since his
release on bail of one million rand
($101,000, 76,000 euros), a week after
the killing.
The star who runs on two fibreglass
prosthetic legs has also abandoned his
professional running career.
Pistorius shot to fame when he became
the first double amputee to compete
against able-bodied athletes at the
London Olympics in 2012.