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Oscar Pistorius stands in the dock ahead of court proceedings at the Pretoria magistrates court February 22, 2013. "Blade Runner" Pistorius, a double amputee who became one of the biggest names in world athletics, was applying for bail after being charged in court with shooting dead his girlfriend, 30-year-old model Reeva Steenkamp, in his Pretoria house. (SIPHIWE SIBEKO/Reuters)
Oscar Pistorius stands in the dock ahead of court proceedings at the Pretoria magistrates court February 22, 2013. "Blade Runner" Pistorius, a double amputee who became one of the biggest names in world athletics, was applying for bail after being charged in court with shooting dead his girlfriend, 30-year-old model Reeva Steenkamp, in his Pretoria house. (SIPHIWE SIBEKO/Reuters)

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Pistorius said to be on ‘verge of suicide’

Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, who is charged with the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, is said to be “on the verge of suicide,” the BBC reports, citing a family friend. The network is airing a documentary on the case tonight in the U.K. Meanwhile, Mr. Pistorius’s lawyers have filed an appeal against his bail restrictions.

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