Voice of America (Washington, DC)

14 February 2014

South Africa: Pistorius - 'Consumed With Sorrow' Over Girlfriend Shooting

Photo: Werner Beukes/Sapa
Paralympian, Oscar Pistorius in court.

South African running star Oscar Pistorius says he is consumed with sorrow, one year to the day after he shot and killed his girlfriend.

In a rare statement posted to his website, Pistorius said no words can fully capture his feelings about what he called the accident that killed Reeva Steenkamp.

Pistorius - the first double-amputee to compete in the Olympics - is due to go on trial for murder March 3.

Prosecutors say he deliberately killed Steenkamp in his Pretoria home after an argument. Pistorius insists he mistook his girlfriend for an nighttime intruder.

The runner's uncle, Arnold Pistorius, said Friday that the family is confident the shooting will be shown to be a "terrible and tragic accident."

The 27-year-old Pistorius is known as the "Blade Runner" for his carbon-fiber prosthetic legs. He competed in the 2012 London Olympics.

His case has generated enormous media attention in South Africa and elsewhere. A South African news channel is planning to devote 24-hour coverage to the trial.

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