Thursday, June 23, 2016

Oscar Pistorius says the girlfriend he killed would want him to be free

Oscar Pistorius, the double amputee Olympic track star who was convicted in the shooting death of his girlfriend, believes she would not want him to be imprisoned for the crime.

Pistorius is awaiting sentencing for killing Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day 2013 in South Africa. The minimum sentence for murder in South Africa is 15 years. Pistorius does not dispute that he shot Steenkamp but claims that he mistook her for a burglar when he fired four bullets through the door of the toilet in his bedroom.
“I understand the pain people feel. I feel that same pain." Pistorius told reporters in a recent interview during which he wept. “If I was afforded the opportunity of redemption, I would like to help the less fortunate ..."

Pistorius walked on his stumps in court in a bid to gain sympathy for his plight.