Oscar Pistorius is “heartbroken” by the death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, his coach said, as the Olympian faced the fourth day of his fight for bail.
“Blade Runner” Pistorius, 26, is accused of murdering 29-year-old model Steenkamp at his home last week but claims he shot her through a bathroom door thinking she was an intruder.
Speaking outside Pretoria Magistrates’ Court, his coach Ampie Louw said the athlete was heartbroken by his girlfriend’s death, telling reporters: “For me, it’s tough to see that. You cannot reach out, sit next to him and say sorry man, this is a terrible accident...”
He said if Pistorius was granted bail, his training would resume, although he will not compete.
Yesterday sports giant Nike confirmed it has suspended its contract with the runner.
“I think that will be a very good thing to do, I think just to get his mind clear. The sooner he can start with a bit of work, the better,” Louw said.
He said it was unlikely the sports star would flee, if given bail, adding: “He is not going to run nowhere so why not give the guy bail? He must stand trial, and let’s do that and get the truth out of it.”