Tearful Oscar Pistorius apologises in court for killing Reeva Steenkamp
A tearful Oscar Pistorius has said sorry to his girlfriend’s family as he took the witness stand for that very first time at his murder trial in Pretoria, for killing her this past year.
The South African Olympic athlete has pleaded not guilty, saying he mistook Reeva Steenkamp for an intruder.
He explained the catastrophe had left him afraid, sleepless and affected by dreams.
“I’d want to apologise and say that there’s not really a second, and there hasn’t been a minute, because this disaster occurred when I haven’t considered (Reeva), your loved ones. The very first people I hope for and you’re the very first people I think about, I awaken each morning,” Pistorius said in a statement.
The player said he was merely attempting to defend his partner. While he’s cross-examined he’ll without doubt need to explain why he shot many times through the toilet door without knowing who had been about the other side.
The prosecution allege that Steenkamp was shot by Pistorius following a battle.
One viewer said the case against Pistorius will “stand or fall” together with his account. He looks 25 years to life in prison if found guilty of premeditated murder.
The case has gripped South Africa and thousands worldwide who observed the disabled player like a symbol of triumph over adversity.