My mistake is that I took Reeva’s life, My Lady - Oscar Pistorius, April 2014

2015-08-19 14:15

Johannesburg - A selection of quotes from former Paralympian Oscar Pistorius, who is expected to be released into correctional supervision on Friday, after serving 10 months of a five-year prison sentence. He was sentenced to jail for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on February 14, 2013.

- “I don't run to prove a point. When I can put all the months of hard work together and I outperform those guys in the last 100 metres, that's what I'm addicted to, that feeling of accomplishment." - From an interview with The Telegraph in 2011.

- “I'm not a big one for the attention. But I believe I've got a responsibility to educate people about disabilities.” – The Telegraph, 2011.

- “Not taking away from Alan's performance, he's a great athlete, but these guys are a lot taller and you can't compete [with the] stride length. You saw how far he came back. We aren't racing a fair race. I gave it my best." – After being beaten by Brazilian Alan Oliveira in the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

- “It’s a lot softer than brain, but fuck it’s like a zombie stopper.” – After firing at a watermelon at a shooting range, in a video available on YouTube.

- "She was doing her yoga exercises and I was in bed watching television. My prosthetic legs were off. We were deeply in love and I could not be happier. I know she felt the same way." - From his affidavit submitted as part of his bail application.

- “I believed that someone had entered my house. I was too scared to switch a light on. I grabbed my 9mm pistol from underneath my bed."

- "As I did not have my prosthetic legs on and felt extremely vulnerable, I knew I had to protect Reeva and myself.”

- "I fired shots at the toilet door and shouted to Reeva to phone the police. She did not respond and I moved backwards out of the bathroom, keeping my eyes on the bathroom entrance."

- "When I reached the bed, I realised that Reeva was not in bed. That is when it dawned on me that it could have been Reeva who was in the toilet."

- "Then I heard a noise from inside the toilet, what I perceived to be somebody coming out of the toilet. Before I knew it, I fired four shots at the door." 

- “When I saw Reeva there, I was broken. I was overcome with a bunch of sadness.”

- “I didn’t think about pulling the trigger.” - His testimony in court.

- “’I think today is a good day to tell you that’, and then it says ‘I love you’.” – In court, reading Reeva Steenkamp’s Valentine’s Day card to him.

- “My mistake is that I took Reeva’s life, My Lady.” – During cross-examination by prosecutor Gerrie Nel.

- “The first thing that ran through my head was that I needed to arm myself.”

- “Before I knew it I had fired four shots at the door.”

- “I’ve taken responsibility but I will not look at a picture where I’m tormented by what I saw and felt that night.” – Pistorius reacting to prosecutor Gerrie Nel’s attempt to have him look at a photo of Steenkamp’s head, taken after she was shot.

Photo source: AFP and Shutterstock

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