Trainer shocked 'humble' Pistorius in dock for murder
Published on Feb 19, 2013 5:52 AM
JOHANNESBURG (AFP) - Oscar Pistorius' trainer said on Monday he is shocked that the Olympic athlete is facing murder charges, describing him as a polite and humble man.
Jannie Brooks, who has trained the Blade Runner for more than a decade, said he knew nothing about Pistorius' personal or social life.
But he said the charges that he murdered his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, came like a bolt from the blue. "It was definitely a very very big shock for us, very sad," Brooks told AFP.
He said he has been training Pistorius since he was a teenager and saw nothing amiss about him. "All the time he trains here he is always very humble, very polite with all the people - so we never really experienced nothing in terms of .. bad or negative sign for more than 10 years."
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