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    Apr 08, 2014

    Pistorius apologises from the witness stand


    OSCAR Pistorius fought through tears to apologise to the family of his slain girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, as he took the witness stand in his defence yesterday.

    Stammering and with his jaw trembling, Pistorius told the court he did not intend to kill his 29-year-old lover on Valentine's Day last year.

    "I want to take this opportunity to apologise to Mr and Mrs Steenkamp," he said, at times barely audible as he sobbed. "I was trying to protect Reeva, I want people to know that she was loved when she went to bed that night."

    In the tribunal, Ms Steenkamp's mother June sat stony-faced during the apology.

    Pistorius said that since the night of the shooting, "I've had terrible nightmares. I wake up at night smelling blood."