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South Africa’s M-Net cable TV channel said it was pulling adverts featuring Pistorius off air immediately after blanket coverage of the arrest in a country more used to honoring Pistorius as a national hero.“WE ARE ALL DEVASTATED” Steenkamp’s colleagues in the modeling world were distraught. Her family is in shock,” her agent, Sarita Tomlinson, tearfully told Reuters. Nobody actually knows what happened.” Pistorius, who was born without a fibula in both legs, was the first double amputee to run in the Olympics and reached the 400-metre semi-finals in London 2012.
“I can only say that our thoughts and prayers are with Oscar and the families involved in the tragedy,” Ossur CEO Jon Sigurdsson told Reuters.
“It is completely premature to discuss or speculate on our business relationship with him.” Neighbors expressed shock at the arrest of a “good guy”.
An appeals court overruled Masipa, the trial judge, and determined that Pistorius was guilty of murder, exposing Pistorius to the stiffer sentence.
Many observers expected a sentence of between 10 and 15 years, with credit for time already served.
In the social pages of last weekend’s Sunday Independent she described him as having “impeccable” taste.
“His gifts are always thoughtful,” she was quoted as saying.
South Africa has some of the world’s highest rates of violent crime, and many home owners have weapons to defend themselves against intruders, although Pistorius’s complex is surrounded by a three-meter high wall and electric fence.
In 2004, Springbok rugby player Rudi Visagie shot dead his 19-year-old daughter after he mistakenly thought she was a robber trying to steal his car in the middle of the night.
Family and friends said it was just an accident and charges were dropped.
Steenkamp, a regular on the South African social scene, was reported to have been dating Pistorius for several months.
Pistorius, 26, and his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, had been the only people in the house at the time of the shooting, police brigadier Denise Beukes told reporters, adding witnesses had been interviewed about the early morning incident.