Oscar Pistorius, the Olympic sprinter charged with murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, has grown a beard and surrounded himself with pictures of the slain model, his uncle told CNN.
Currently living at his uncle Arnold’s home in Pretoria, he rarely leaves the house and is stricken with grief, his uncle says.
“He’s got photos in his room, photos all over the place. He’s housebound, you know. He doesn’t go out in public places,” Arnold said. “What can you say if the person you love the most dies, and you were the instrument? How would you feel? It’s unthinkable.”
Pistorius is accused of killing Steenkamp, 29, on Feb. 14th and is due back in court next Tuesday. Pistorius claims that he mistook his girlfriend for a burglar when he shot her fatally.
The sprinter’s agent has also spoken for the first time about the 4 a.m. call he received telling him there had been a shooting at the track star’s home.
“It was the estate where Oscar (was) staying at, the estate manager’s daughter phoned me from Oscar’s phone. So I picked up the phone and saw it was Oscar’s number and thought it was him phoning me. And just had this voice of a girl frantically on the other side shouting, ‘Please, you have to rush over here, you have to come to Oscar’s house,'” Peet van Zyl told CNN in an exclusive interview.
“I initially thought it was Oscar that has been shot. She said, ‘No, no, no, no. Reeva’s been shot.’ She explained then to me basically just briefly what happened. And yeah, total shock obviously. So I had to jump in the car and rush through to Pretoria.”
Van Zyl said he then called Ampie Louw, the sprinter’s coach, and told him to jump in his car and get to Pistorius’s house.
“When arrived at the house and you see all the police cars and lights … I was standing outside, me and Peet and the lawyer, but Oscar was inside,” Louw told CNN.
“I could hear him crying in the garage, and Reeva was at the entrance. So that was terrible for me.”
Pistorius will make a brief appearance Tuesday at the Pretoria Magistrates Court, which will hear a motion by state prosecutors to postpone the case for further investigations. The trial itself may not happen until early 2014.
CNN contributed to this report.