Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Pistorius has 'service' for Reeva

Pistorius in court at his bail hearing (AP)

Oscar Pistorius is planning a personal memorial service for Reeva Steenkamp, the 29-year-old model he shot at his home.

The service is to be at the Pretoria home of his uncle Arnold, where the Olympic athlete has been staying since he was released on bail awaiting trial on a premeditated murder charge.

Pistorius' reputation management firm said he had specifically requested the service "as he remains in deep mourning for the loss of his partner Reeva," whom he says he shot by accident assuming an intruder had entered his home on February 14.

"Oscar has asked for a private service with people who share his loss, including his family members who knew and loved Reeva as one of their own," Vuma Reputation Management said.

Exactly a week ago, a memorial service was held for Ms Steenkamp in the southern coast city of Port Elizabeth, where her body was cremated following a private service. That same day, the bail hearing for Pistorius started in the nation's capital Pretoria. It was unclear exactly what Pistorius' service would consist of or how many people would attend.

Prosecutors say the pair had an argument before Ms Steenkamp was killed. Vuma said that Pistorius "continues to grieve" for her.

Chief Magistrate Desmond Nair set bail for Pistorius at 1 million rand (£75,000). The 26-year-old track star was also ordered to hand over his passports, turn in any guns he owns and keep away from his home in a gated community in Pretoria. He cannot leave the district of Pretoria without his probation officer's permission and is not allowed to consume drugs or alcohol.

Mr Nair himself was in private mourning. He confirmed that he is related to a woman suspected of killing her two children and committing suicide at the weekend.

The revelation was the latest twist in the saga of Pistorius and prominent figures linked to the case against the double-amputee athlete.

The bodies of a woman and her two sons aged 12 and seven were found at their Johannesburg home by her ex-husband. The woman is thought to have poisoned her children, then herself. "I can confirm the deceased is my first cousin," Mr Nair said.

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