Crying Oscar Pistorius apologises to murdered girlfriend's family

Blade runner Oscar Pistorius, stammering and with his jaw trembling, began his testimony by saying Steenkamp "felt love" before he shot her dead in what prosecutors say was premeditated murder and he says was an accident.

updated: April 08, 2014 12:15 IST
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Pretoria, South Africa: Oscar Pistorius fought through tears to apologise to the family of his slain girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, as he took the witness stand in his defence Monday. (Read: Oscar Pistorius trial resumes, defence opens case)

Stammering and with his jaw trembling, Pistorius told the court he did not intend to kill his 29-year-old lover on Valentine's Day last year. (Read: Tension-filled court proceedings take emotional toll on tribunal)

The Paralympic gold medallist is accused of premeditated murder, but claims he shot the model though a locked toilet door believing she was an intruder.

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