Oscar's uncle speaks out

2013-05-31 19:04
Oscar Pistorius (Picture: AP)

Oscar Pistorius (Picture: AP)

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Pretoria – Once a gold medal winner at the Paralympics, murder accused Oscar Pistorius now shies away from the limelight.

After being released on a R1m bail, Pistorius has been living at his uncle Arnold’s house in Pretoria for the past three months.

In an exclusive interview with CNN, Pistorius’s uncle said his nephew now has to live with the fact the he killed Reeva Steenkamp, his girlfriend.

According to his uncle, Pistorius has grown a beard, because he does not want to be recognised and has surrounded himself with photos of Steenkamp.

Pistorius is charged with the death of Steenkamp on 14 February. Pistorius had allegedly mistaken her for a burglar, and claims her death was a mistake.

“He's got photos in his room, photos all over the place. He's housebound, you know. He doesn't go out in public places.

"What can you say if the person you love the most dies, and you were the instrument? How would you feel? It's unthinkable," he told CNN.

Pistorius’s agent has also revealed an intimate account of the fateful night Steenkamp was shot.

The phone call

Peet van Zyl, spoke to CNN about the call he received on the morning of Valentine’s Day.

"It was the estate where Oscar [was] staying at, the estate manager's daughter phoned me from Oscar's phone. So I picked up the phone and saw it was Oscar's number and thought it was him phoning me. And just had this voice of a girl frantically on the other side shouting, 'Please, you have to rush over here, you have to come to Oscar's house,'" he told CNN.

"I initially thought it was Oscar that has been shot. She said, 'No, no, no, no. Reeva's been shot.' She explained then to me basically just briefly what happened. And yeah, total shock obviously. So I had to jump in the car and rush through to Pretoria."

He then called Pistorious’s coach, Ampie Louw, and went to the house.

When they arrived, the house was surrounded by police.

"I could hear him crying in the garage, and Reeva was at the entrance. So that was terrible for me."

Pistorius is set to make a brief appearance on Tuesday, 4 June, at the Pretoria Magistrate's Court, which will hear a motion by State prosecutors to postpone the case for further investigations.

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