Pistorius fights for composure

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IOL oscar feb 22 Reuters Oscar Pistorius at the Pretoria Magistrates Court. He was released on bail. Photo: Siphiwe Sibeko

 Pretoria - Oscar Pistorius sat in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court with his jaw clenched as Magistrate Desmond Nair summed up the evidence presented to him in his bail application on a charge of murdering his girlfriend.

Looking as though he was fighting back tears, Pistorius also frowned as Nair ran through events.

“He himself phoned Netcare,” said Nair.

“He is mortified at the loss of Miss Steenkamp as well as the pain and suffering of her family,” he said.

Nair said Pistorius stood by this version of events and believed a trial would show he did not mean to murder Steenkamp.

Pistorius had undertaken not to interfere with further investigations.

Nair stopped as Pistorius cried, while his siblings also looked upset.

“Are you okay there?” asked Nair, pausing briefly, then continuing.

Pistorius has been charged with murdering Reeva Steenkamp on February 14. In an affidavit he denied it. - Sapa

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