There are no victors - Oscar's family

2014-09-12 14:45
Oscar Pistorius' uncle Arnold and aunt Lois Pistorius leave the North Gauteng High Court. (Jerome Delay, AP)

Oscar Pistorius' uncle Arnold and aunt Lois Pistorius leave the North Gauteng High Court. (Jerome Delay, AP)

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Pretoria - There are no victors following paralympian Oscar Pistorius's trial, his uncle Arnold Pistorius said in the North Gauteng High Court on Friday.

"In a tragic event like this, there's no victors. We, as a family, remain deeply affected by the devastating tragedy," he told reporters in court after proceedings.

His wife Lois was at his side.

Grateful

The family was "deeply grateful" to Judge Thokozile Masipa for finding Pistorius not guilty of murder, he said.

Pistorius's R1m bail was extended by the court.

"I have used my discretion in favour of the accused. I grant the application to extend the bail of the accused," Masipa ruled at 13:00.

She found Pistorius not guilty of the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on 14 February last year, but found him guilty on a lesser charge of culpable homicide.

"On behalf of the family, we would really like to show how deeply grateful we are to Judge Masipa who has found Oscar not guilty of murder," said Arnold Pistorius.

"We always knew the facts," he said, "and we never had any doubt in Oscar's version of this tragic incident."

Pistorius has stayed with his uncle since then.

Sympathy for Steenkamps

Arnold Pistorius also expressed sympathy for the family of Steenkamp.

"It won't bring Reeva back, but our hearts still go out to her family and friends," said Arnold Pistorius.

The verdict had lifted a "big burden" from the family's shoulders.

As the case was still before the court, he said it would be "highly inappropriate" to comment on the findings or the merits of the case.

He, his wife, and family spokesperson Anneliese Burgess left without taking any questions.

Sentencing proceedings have been set down to start on 13 October.

The paralympian had also faced three charges of contravening the Firearms Control Act - one of illegal possession of ammunition and two of discharging a firearm in public.

Masipa found Pistorius not guilty of shooting through the open sunroof of a car with his 9mm pistol while driving with friend Darren Fresco and ex-girlfriend Samantha Taylor in Modderfontein on 30 September 2012.

She found him guilty of firing Fresco's Glock pistol under a table at Tasha's restaurant in Johannesburg in January 2013.

On the final charge, illegal possession of ammunition, he was found not guilty.

Read more on:    reeva steenkamp  |  oscar pistorius  |  thokozile masipa  |  pistorius trial

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