Oscar Pistorius has reportedly told his former headteacher Bill Schroder that all he wanted was the forgiveness of the Steenkamp family for killing their daughter.
According to the UK’s Sun on Sunday, Pistorius told Schroder during a recent prison visit that he desperately wanted to tell June and Barry Steenkamp how sorry he was.
Asked by the Pretoria News whether he knew about this wish, his father Henke Pistorius said he only heard about it: “Oscar has already, from the start and over and over asked for forgiveness. He asked everyone’s forgiveness and said he would work for the Lord for the rest of his life if Reeva’s life could be spared.”
Henke said he had not seen his son recently in the jail in Atteridgeville, as the Covid-19 restrictions made it difficult.
But he said during the times he had visited his son, he repeatedly said, “I am sorry, Dad.”
“He has begged so many times for forgiveness. This thing is torturing him,” Henke said.
Tania Koen, the Steenkamps’ lawyer, said June and Barry didn’t want to comment.
Pistorius is serving a 13-year-and five-month sentence for the 2013 Valentine’s Day killing of the model where the former champion fired four shots at the toilet cubicle claiming that he thought it was an intruder.