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Oscar Pistorios break down in court during his stand on the trial

April 7, 2014 

The blade runner, Oscar Pistorios took a stand in the trial on Monday and profusely apologised to his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

"I'd like to apologize and say there hasn't been a moment since this tragedy happened that I haven't thought about your family," a visibly emotional Pistorios said in court. "I wake up every morning and you're the first people I think of, the first people I pray for. I can't imagine the pain I've caused you and your family."

Pistorios has maintained that he shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year on Valentine ís Day thinking it was an intruder.

"I was simply trying to protect her," the South African Olympic athlete said from the stand. "I can promise that when she went to bed that night, she felt loved. I have tried to put my words on paper many, many times, but no words would suffice."

He has been on a dose of sleeping pills and anti-depressant since the killing.

"I'm scared to sleep," he said. "I have terrible nightmares about things that happened that night. I can smell the blood and I wake up terrified."

He added, "If I hear a noise, I wake up in a state of terror, so much so I cannot sleep. For many weeks I could not sleep. In March last year, I lost a lot of weight. I sought medical advice to start medication for sleeping."

If Judge Thokozille Masipa is convinced that it was a premediated murder, Pistorius could be facing a jailterm of minimum 25 years. There have been 3 additional charges against him for gun indictments.

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