Oscar Pistorius seeks forgiveness from family of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp whom he shot dead, Internet calls it 'ridiculous'

'Oscar Pistorius should start by telling the Steenkamps the truth of what happened that night. Neither they nor the court believed his ever changing versions first time round,' wrote a user


                            Oscar Pistorius seeks forgiveness from family of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp whom he shot dead, Internet calls it 'ridiculous'
Oscar Pistorius (Getty Images)
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South African former professional sprinter and convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius, who is serving a 15-year sentence for shooting his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp dead, is desperate to have his apology accepted by her family, according to reports. 

According to The Sun, Pistorius' former headteacher Bill Schroder revealed that the 'Blade Runner' has stopped exercising, "started smoking, grown a big beard and turned to God." After visiting Pistorius in jail, Schroder told the publication: "What he really, really wants is forgiveness."

He added, "I said to him that if he had killed my daughter, I doubt I would forgive him. He is more concerned about forgiveness than actually getting out on parole. In fact, he has a real fear about getting parole as he knows their will be a backlash." The former athlete is serving 13 years and five months at a low-security jail in Pretoria.

On February 14, 2013, Pistorius shot and killed his South African model girlfriend at his home in Pretoria. He admitted to having shot her four times when he mistook her for a burglar. In September, he was found guilty of culpable homicide and one firearm-related charge of reckless endangerment related to discharging a firearm in a restaurant.

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Reeva Steenkamp attends the Virgin Active Sport Industry Awards 2013 held at Emperors Palace on February 07, 2013, in Johannesburg, South Africa (Getty Images)

Schroder told The Sun that Pistorius “still maintains to this day it was an accident. I did feel he was showing remorse. He quoted a study by an expert that when you are woken from a deep sleep and are put into a situation of fear that you act very differently to when fully conscious. I listened to him but did not buy it."

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His initial trial proceedings were adjourned to enable him to undergo a psychiatric evaluation to determine whether he could be held criminally responsible for the killing of Steenkamp. Steenkamp's mother June had previously said that she had forgiven Pistorius but still wants him punished. The news regarding Pestorius seeking Steenkamp's parents' forgiveness was met with criticism as people have expressed on Twitter that apologizing isn't going to change anything. 

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One tweeted, "Oscar Pistorius wants to say sorry to Steenkamp family and longs for forgiveness: saying sorry is ridiculous, you intentionally murdered her and no amount of saying sorry can ever make up for what you did." Another added, "Oscar Pistorius murdered his girlfriend. It's the unfortunate definitions and requirements of the law."

A user wrote, "Oscar Pistorius should start by telling the Steenkamps the truth of what happened that night. Neither they nor the court believed his ever changing versions first time round. #OscarPistorius" A user added, "7 years later, and after crying wolf, and just a LOT of crocodile tears in court, it's a *little* late to be saying sorry.>>> Oscar Pistorius pleads for forgiveness of victim Reeva Steenkamp’s family #OscarPistorius."

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