Oscar Pistorius family dismisses 'suicidal' reports

  • Oscar Pistorius's family has dismissed reports that the South African Paralympian, accused of killing his girlfriend, is suicidal.

    "Oscar, broken as he is, believes he has a purpose in life. Reports to the contrary are untrue," his uncle said on Monday.

    The comments came after a family friend was quoted in a BBC documentary as saying Pistorius was "on the verge of suicide".

    Mike Azzie, who has been in regular contact with the athlete, said: "I knew that he had been dating a girl that he was smitten over"

    He made the comments in a BBC3 documentary titled Oscar Pistorius: What Really Happened?

    "I would say that, just speaking to him, he is a broken man. I would go as far as to say that he could be on the verge of suicide. It really worries me," Azzie said in the interview, broadcast in the UK on Monday night.

    Pistorius is on trial for shooting model Reeva Steenkamp at his home in Pretoria last month. He denies the charges of premeditated murder.

    Pistorius has maintained he mistook her for an intruder when he shot her dead on February 14.

    He was released on bail on February 22.

    The court also ordered him to hand over his passports and any firearms; not to leave the capital without his probation officer's permission; not to consume drugs or alcohol; to stay away from his home in a gated community in Pretoria, which is still a crime scene and report to a police station twice a week.

    Pistorius is next due to appear in court in June.

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