Oscar Pistorius numb with shock: uncle

Feb 17, 2013, 07:57 IST | Agencies

Oscar Pistorius' uncle on Saturday said the jailed athlete was "numb with shock as well as grief" following the death of his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day

Giving an indication that the Paralympic athlete will plead not guilty to shooting the 29-year-old blonde, Arnold Pistorius in a statement strongly refuted “any possibility of a premeditated murder or indeed any murder at all.”

Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp
Oscar Pistorius with Reeva Steenkamp in Johannesburg last month. Pic/AFP

Saturday was Pistorius’ third night in police custody, after he was accused of murdering Steenkamp in his own home. “We are all grieving for Reeva, her family and her friends. Oscar — as you can imagine — is also numb with shock as well as grief,” Arnold’s statement said.

“As a family we are trying to be strong and supportive to Oscar as any close family would be in these dreadful circumstances.” The London Olympian faces a life sentence if convicted of premeditated murder, as alleged by prosecutors.

“We have no doubt there is no substance to the allegation and that the State’s own case, including its own forensic evidence, strongly refutes any possibility of a premeditated murder or indeed any murder at all,” Arnold added.

Sponsors to wait and watch
Meanwhile, the sponsors investing millions of dollars in Pistorius are uncertain about the future. “Given the ongoing legal proceedings, it would be inappropriate for us to give a comment at present. Our thoughts are with those affected,” a BT spokesperson said. “At this moment, it’s a matter being investigated. We’re not speaking about the sponsorship,” said Nike South Africa.

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