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Pistorius pleads for forgiveness from Reeva Steenkamp’s family and fears parole

Oscar Pistorius has pleaded for forgiveness from Reeva Steenkamp's family after he was jailed for killing her.

The Paralympian – who was sentenced to 15 years in prison for shooting his girlfriend – fears being released on parole because of the backlash he knows he will face.

But he reportedly told a close friend he is desperate for his apology to be accepted by his victim's family.

Pistorious, 33, shot Ms Steenkamp in their bathroom in Pretoria, South Africa, on Valentine's Day in 2013.

He claimed he opened fire after waking in their bed, believing there was a burglar in the bathroom.

Known through his athletics career as 'Blade Runner', Pistorious is serving 13 years and five months at a low-security jail in Pretoria.

His former headteacher Bill Schroder has visited him four times in jail – and said he has stopped exercising, started smoking and found religion, according to The Sun on Sunday.

“What he really, really wants is forgiveness," the 76-year-old told the publication.

“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 they’ll be a backlash.”

Mr Schroder added: “He 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.”

Ms Steenkamp was 29 when she was shot by Pistorious through the door of their bathroom.

In 2018, her mum June said had forgiven Pistorius but still wanted him punished.

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