Oscar Pistorius to Reeva Steenkamp's family: 'Please forgive me'

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Oscar Pistorius. (Getty Images)
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Oscar Pistorius wants the family of Reeva Steenkamp to forgive him for murdering their daughter, a close friend of his told the Sun on Sunday newspaper.

His ex-headteacher Bill Schroder (76) said the Blade Runner had given up exercise, started smoking, grown a big beard and turned to God.

Schroder, who has visited him four times in jail, told The Sun on Sunday: “What he really, really wants is forgiveness. I said to him that if he had killed my daughter I doubt I would forgive him.

“He is more concerned about forgiveness than actually getting out on parole. In fact, he has a real fear about getting parole as he knows there will be a backlash.”

“He quoted a study by an expert that when you are woken from a deep sleep and are put into a situation of fear that you act very differently to when fully conscious. I listened to him but did not buy it.”
Oscar Pistorius's ex-headteacher Bill Schroder


Paralympian Pistorius was jailed for 15 years for shooting girlfriend Steenkamp (29), in their bathroom in Pretoria on Valentine’s Day 2013.

She had gone to the bathroom and Pistorius claimed he woke in their bed and opened fire believing she was a burglar.

He is serving 13 years and five months at a low-security jail in Pretoria.

 Reeva Steenkamp
Reeva Steenkamp

Schroder said: “He still maintains to this day it was an accident. I did feel he was showing remorse.

“He quoted a study by an expert that when you are woken from a deep sleep and are put into a situation of fear that you act very differently to when fully conscious. I listened to him but did not buy it.”

In 2018, Reeva’s mother June, then 71, said she had forgiven Pistorius but still wanted him punished.
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