'This is for you, champ' - Oscar

2016-06-14 10:03

Pretoria – Oscar Pistorius gave a disabled Icelandic boy the gold medal he won at one of his competitions, the boy’s mother told the High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday.

“He took the medal off himself and put it around my son’s neck and said ‘this is for you, champ’. We still have that medal. It was a very lovely gesture,” Ebba Gudny Gudmundsdottir said to questioning from Pistorius’s lawyer Barry Roux.

He was presenting evidence in mitigation of Pistorius’s sentencing for murder.

She said her mother made contact with Pistorius after her son was born without legs, which had never happened in Iceland before. As Pistorius’s running blades were made in Iceland, he visited the family several times. He was 19 at the time of the first visit. He invited them to the Paralympic games in Manchester, which was where he gave the boy his gold medal. 

“We had a lovely friendship,” she said. 

Gudmundsdottir told the court she had an older daughter, and that Pistorius went out of his way to pay attention to her to make sure her son did not get all the attention. 

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel only asked her how old her son was at present. She said 11.

Roux next called pastor Marius Nel, from 3C Ministries, a Centurion-based church, to the stand. He told the court that several schools had asked for help in sports and fitness training, and that Pistorius had expressed an interest to help out.  He did not want to disclose the names of the schools.

“Mr Pistorius was very excited and positive about it. The church was also very excited about the possibility of his involvement in the project. We had very positive feedback from the schools. We spoke to the principals, who said they would appreciate his involvement and that it would have a great effect on their schools,” Nel said.

Nel asked for a 15 minute adjournment.

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