Oscar Pistorius chose the timing of his apology to slain girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp’s family to have the maximum benefit for himself, prosecutor Gerrie Nel argued in the athlete’s murder trial today.
Nel said Pistorius had no regard for the feelings of Steenkamp’s relatives and could have apologized in private -- but instead he waited more than a year, wanting to create a spectacle at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa.
“I don’t think they’d ever want to meet me,” Pistorius said, his voice shaky. “I completely understand where they are coming from.”
Nel pressed the athlete -- who’s known as Blade Runner because of his prosthetic legs -- to properly apologize for killing Steenkamp.
“I am terribly sorry I took the life of their daughter,” Pistorius said.
Nel also told the court several times that the relationship between Pistorius and Steenkamp was “all about Oscar.”
“It’s all about Mr. Pistorius. That’s what your relationship was all about,” Nel said.
The athlete could be facing at least 25 years in prison if convicted in the Valentine’s Day 2013 shooting death. Pistorius said he believed he was firing at an intruder.