Oscar Pistorius' Uncle Arnold media statement

By Drum Digital
21 October 2014

Oscar Pistorius' Uncle Arnold: "It has been a harrowing 20 months. We are all emotionally drained and exhausted..."

Today a new season starts for us as a family … Not just the Pistorius family alone, but the Steenkamp family.

It has been a harrowing 20 months. We are all emotionally drained and exhausted.

The case that was set down for three weeks originally has been dragged out for seven months – in fact, for 20 months [since the bail hearing].

In the process, [the state] decided to inflict as much collateral damage as they could, by keeping the cloud of premeditated murder as long as possible … The truth became totally irrelevant to the state’s case to make premeditated murder stick.

We accept the judgment. Ocar will embrace this opportunity to pay back to society.

I appeal to all of you as the media to accept the ruling of the court. After 20 months of relentless public trial, I would ask you … to let us move forward … and give us some degree of dignity and privacy as we do so.

I want to say something as an uncle. I hope Oscar will start his own healing process as we walk down the path of restoration. As a family we are ready to support and guide Oscar as he serves his sentence.

Please understand that I don’t want to take any questions.

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