December 21, 2014
Pistorious 'heartbroken,' says gov't social worker
A South African government social worker assigned to give Oscar Pistorius emotional support after the killing of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, told a court the South African track star on trial for murder was heartbroken over the shooting.
Yvette Schalkwyk, who has been visiting Pistorius since Steenkamp's killing on February 14 last year, dismissed suggestions that Pistorius, who has broken down repeatedly in court, was using his emotions to deflect tough questioning.
"I was very upset when I read that people were saying that Oscar took acting lessons," she told the Pretoria High Court. "I wanted to come and give my observation of what I saw."
She said the 27-year-old Olympic and Paralympic sprinter had told her he missed 29-year-old law graduate and model Steenkamp a great deal and was crying "80 percent of the time".
Steenkamp died almost instantly after being hit by four hollow-point 9mm rounds fired through a toilet door.
Pistorius says it was a tragic mistake after he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder who had broken into his luxury Pretoria home. The state alleges that he shot her in a fit of rage after the couple had an argument.