Oscar Pistorius gets first hug from dad in court

2014-08-08 10:49

After barely interacting yesterday – the first day Oscar Pistorius’ father attended court in the athlete’s murder trial – Henke Pistorius walked up to the dock shortly before proceedings started this morning and gave his son a warm hug, patting him on the back and later holding his hand.

Father and son have had a troubled relationship.

Read: Oscar’s absent father

Earlier, Oscar had made an effort to acknowledge the family of his deceased girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in court.

Oscar arrived at the high court in Pretoria and on his way to his defence team passed by the bench where Steenkamp’s parents, June and Barry, were seated with other relatives.

He mumbled a “good morning”, which was met with silence.

A short while later, his uncle Arnold’s wife, Lois, headed to the Steenkamp family.

She gave Barry an embrace and he smiled back warmly.

This was the first time Barry was seen publicly interacting with the Pistorius family.

Read: Telling the truth won’t get Oscar Pistorius off the hook – state

Meanwhile, support for Pistorius continued in the last lap of the trial. Stuck on the back of a bus stop bench outside the court was a bundle of green and yellow balloons.

“Oscar Pistorius, you will always be our hero,” was written on a poster next to them.

It was unclear who had placed the balloons and poster there.

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