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Oscar is lonely: Family

Johannesburg: Olympian Oscar Pistorius’ decision to go to a night club while still on trial for murder of his girlfriend was “unwise” but the 27-year-old South African went there because he is “lonely and alienated”, his family said on Wednesday.

Pistorius was involved in an argument with businessman Jared Mortimer at a club in Johannesburg’s upmarket Sandton business district over the weekend. Both men accuse each other of starting the altercation.

“Oscar is grappling with an extreme level of emotional pain that is manifesting itself in some of his recent unwise actions and choices,” Pistorius’ uncle Leo said in a statement. “Those of us closest to him have been witness to his escalating sense of loneliness and alienation. This, we believe, is underlying some of his self-harming behaviour.”

The athlete, known as “Blade Runner” because of the carbon-fibre prosthetic running legs he uses, is on trial for the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. (Reuters)