Oscar Pistorius has given graphic details about the night he killed his girlfriend – breaking down as he revealed he can still ‘smell the blood’.
The Paralympian is days away from returning to jail after his original conviction of culpable homicide over the death of Reeva Steenkamp was overturned.
He has now given his first television interview, Oscar Pistorius: The Interview ITV 9pm Friday, about what he says happened on the night he shot the 29-year-old model at his home in Pretoria, South Africa.
It comes just days after a psychologist told a South African court the Paralympian was ‘anxious and depressed’ and too ill to give evidence at his sentencing.
In an interview with ITV, the 29-year-old sobbed as he gave his version of what happened on the night of February 14, 2013.
‘I did take Reeva’s life and I have to live with that,’ he said.
‘I can smell the blood. I can feel the warmness of it on my hands. And to know that that’s your fault, that that’s what you’ve done.
‘And I understand the pain people feel, that loved her and miss her. I feel that same pain. I feel that same hate for myself. I feel that same difficulty in understanding this. And I look back and I think, I always think – how did this possibly happen? I think, how could this have happened? How could this have happened?’
In 2014 Pistorius was found guilty of culpable homicide – similar to manslaughter in British law. But he is now due to be sentenced for murder – a charge which carries a minimum tariff of 15 years.
He was jailed for five years but, in October 2015, was released into house arrest after serving a fifth of his sentence.
Then in December 2015, the culpable homicide verdict was overturned by South Africa’s supreme court, following an appeal by the prosecution.