Oscar Pistorius is pictured through a car window as he
leaves court after he was granted bail in a Pretoria
magistrates court. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
South African Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius will have
to live with his conscience after he shot dead his girlfriend
on Valentine's Day and said it was a tragic mistake, the
victim's father Barry Steenkamp was quoted as saying in the
The athlete shot dead model and law graduate Reeva Steenkamp
at his luxury home near Pretoria in the early hours of Feb.
14. He was charged with premeditated murder after the
Pistorius said he had mistaken Steenkamp for an intruder.
"It doesn't matter how much money he has and how good his
legal team is, he will have to live with his conscience if he
allows his legal team to tell lies on his behalf," Barry
Steenkamp told Beeld, an Afrikaans newspaper.
"But if he is telling the truth then maybe I can forgive him
one day. If it didn't happen the way he said it did, he must
suffer, and he will suffer... only he knows."
Pistorius was granted bail on Friday after his lawyers
successfully argued the "Blade Runner" was too famous to flee
Meanwhile, Pistorius' family distanced themselves from a
tweet on the account of the athlete's brother on Saturday
thanking people for the support offered to both families.
A spokeswoman for the family said the account had been
hacked. They said Pistorius' brother and sister would cancel
their social media accounts.
The arrest of Pistorius stunned millions who had watched in
awe last year as the Olympic and Paralympic sprinter reached
the semi-final of the 400 metres in the London Olympics.
But the impact has been greatest in South Africa, where he
was seen as a rare hero for both blacks and whites,
transcending racial divides that persist 19 years after the
end of apartheid.