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South African model Reeva Steenkamp (left), and her former boyfriend Oscar Pistorius, who stands accused of her murder

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Athlete Oscar Pistorius weeps in court in Pretoria at his bail hearing in the murder case of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

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Clockwise from top left: Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius leaves the police station, police enter the estate where Pistorius lives, the star with his gold medal after winning the men's 400 metres at the 2012 Games in London, the athlete with his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

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