More than seven years after gunning down his girlfriend, killer Paralympian Oscar Pistorius is still seeking forgiveness from her mother.
Pistorius, sent to prison for 15 years for killing model Reeva Steenkamp in 2013, told a close friend he is still hoping her mother accepts his apology, according to the UK Sun. He has maintained that her death was a tragic accident despite being found guilty of murder in 2016.
“What he really, really wants is forgiveness,” Bill Schroder, a 76-year-old former teacher of ‘Blade Runner’ Pistorius who has visited the athlete in prison a handful of times, told the Sun. “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.”
Steenkamp’s mother, June, said in 2018 that she had forgiven Pistorius but still wanted him jailed. He is serving 13 years and five months at a low-security prison in Pretoria.