PRETORIA: South Africa’s Olympic “Blade Runner” and murder suspect Oscar Pistorius spent his first day out on bail with his family yesterday as the mother of Reeva Steenkamp, the model girlfriend he is accused of murdering, cut a bitter figure.
“I just want to finish mourning my daughter. I will have to get used to life without her,” June Steenkamp told the Afrikaans-language daily Beeld, adding that she had “cried out all my tears”.
Pistorius’s family sent flowers and a card to the Steenkamp family, but “what does that mean?” she asked, before adding: “Nothing.”
Pistorius was freed on a record one million rand ($112,770) bail on Friday after over a week in custody and an emotionally charged four-day bail hearing.
His family expressed “immense” relief at his release.. “We are extremely thankful that Oscar is now home,” his uncle Arnold Pistorius said in a statement.
The 26-year-old sprinter is accused of the premeditated murder of 29-year-old Reeva Steenkamp, a model with a law degree. Yesterday, the Pistorius family distanced itself from a tweet purportedly thanking all the people that prayed for the two families.
“It is most unfortunate that during this sensitive time, someone would choose to hack into Oscar Pistorius’s older brother Carl Pistorius’s Twitter handle,” said family spokeswoman
Janine Hills. AFP