“Mr and Mrs Steenkamp, I want to take this opportunity to say that I am sorry. There is not a moment since this tragedy that I have not thought of you. I can’t imagine the pain and the sorrow and the emptiness that I have caused you and your family.”
In a trembling apology to Barry and June Steenkamp, Paralympian hero Oscar Pistorius poured his heart out to the world as he took the stand for the first time since killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.
Pistorius – who said he has “taken refuge in God during this terrible tragedy” – has pleaded not guilty in the Pretoria High Court to murder, saying he shot Steenkamp in the mistaken belief there was an intruder in his Pretoria home in the early hours of Valentine’s Day last year.
The state says he killed her after an argument.
Facing Steenkamp’s mother, sitting in the front row of the public gallery – without her husband who has been too ill to attend the trial – Pistorius fought back tears, his lip trembling.
“I have been trying to put words down on paper, but no words suffice,” he said.