Reeva Steenkamp murder: Oscar Pistorius cancels future
His father Henke Pistorius, 59, was quoted by Britain's Sunday Telegraph as saying the family had "zero doubt" his son shot Steenkamp on instinct after mistaking her for an intruder.
"When you are a sportsman, you act even more on instinct," he said. "It's instinct -- things happen and that's what you do."
When contacted by AFP, the father denied speaking to the Sunday Telegraph and refused to provide any further details.
The newspaper's reporter Aislinn Laing confirmed she had spoken to the father on Saturday.
Echoing the family's line, Pistorius's 89-year-old grandmother also indicated the shooting had been accidental.
"I know it was a mistake anybody can make" Gertie Pistorius told AFP. "I have got my trust in my (grandson) and I have got my trust in the case, and I am sure things will go the right way" she said.
Police said there had been several previous domestic incidents at Pistorius's home.
Pistorius, who broke down sobbing in his first court appearance on Friday, has built up a powerful team of lawyers, medical specialists and public relations experts for his defence.
Stuart Higgins, a former editor of British tabloid The Sun, whose lengthy list of clients includes British Airways, Chelsea FC and Manchester United football club, will be handling public relations in the case.
One of the lawyers, Kenny Oldwage, acted for the driver in a 2010 accident that killed former president and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela's great-grandchild Zenani.
The driver was acquitted.
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