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Trainer shocked 'humble' Pistorius in dock for murder

Published on Feb 19, 2013 5:52 AM
South African 'Blade Runner' Oscar Pistorius breaks down during his court appearance in Pretoria February 15, 2013. Pistorius, a double amputee who became one of the biggest names in world athletics, broke down in tears on Friday after he was charged in court with shooting dead his girlfriend, 30-year-old model Reeva Steenkamp, in his Pretoria house. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

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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