I can still smell Reeva's blood - Pistorius

2016-06-23 11:19
Oscar Pistorius. (Phill Magakoe, Pool Photo via AP)

Oscar Pistorius. (Phill Magakoe, Pool Photo via AP)

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Cape Town - In his first television interview since he shot and killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, Oscar Pistorius has given graphic details about the events of that evening.

Oscar Pistorius: The Interview, will be broadcast on British television channel ITV on Friday night. It will also be aired on M-Net at 22:55 on Friday, as well as on SuperSport.

- M-Net to screen exclusive Oscar Pistorius interview

Pistorius, who was convicted of murdering Steenkamp on February 14, 2013, sits down with investigative journalist Mark Williams-Thomas at his uncle Arnold's home in Pretoria, where he is under house arrest awaiting sentencing.

In the interview, Pistorius gives his account of what led to the fateful shooting, saying it still haunts him.

"I did take Reeva's life and I have to live with that," he said, according to the Daily Mail.

"I can smell the blood. I can feel the warmness of it on my hands. And to know that that's your fault, that that's what you've done.

'Blood everywhere'

"And I understand the pain people feel, that loved her and miss her. I feel that same pain. I feel that same hate for myself. I feel that same difficulty in understanding this. And I look back and I think, I always think – how did this possibly happen? I think, how could this have happened? How could this have happened?"

Pistorius also detailed how he heard a noise coming from the toilet and, before he knew it, he had fired four shots, The Sun reported.

He said he knew she was dead after opening the toilet door.

"And I just see blood and it's just blood everywhere. It's just blood everywhere... So much blood and I don't know what to do.

"I'm trying to pick her up, but there's so much blood I can't stand up. And I thought Reeva had started breathing, so I had my fingers in her mouth and I was trying to give her mouth to mouth, but there was so much blood."

According to The Guardian, he also admitted that he deserves a long jail sentence for killing Steenkamp, but insists it was not premeditated.

Seeking redemption

"At times, I don't feel like I should have the right to live for taking someone else's life. What's difficult is dealing with the charge of murder," he reportedly said.

He added that he did not want to waste his life behind bars. "If I was afforded the opportunity of redemption, I would like to help the less fortunate like I had in my past... I would like to believe that if Reeva could look down upon me that she would want me to live that life."

The Pistorius family said earlier this month that the interview would enable him to address some of the "misconceptions that have remained unchallenged", and provide the family with a voice.

However, Steenkamp's cousin, Kim Martin, told the court during sentencing proceedings last week that the interview was hurtful to the Steenkamp family.

"I'm not happy about that at all. I think it's very unfair to want to talk to the world about your version when you've had the opportunity in court to do so. It's hurtful and I can't understand why," Martin said.

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