Oscar Pistorius’ ex-girlfriends has appeared to support him in court for the first time this week. This has prompted speculation that the depressed sprinter is drawing comfort from their past romance during his final days of freedom.
Jenna Edkins, for whom the convicted murderer has confessed to having a lingering affection, looked comfortable among the ranks of Pistorius’ extensive family as she took her place next to his sister, Aimee, on the hard, wooden benches of Pretoria’s High Court.
The 26-year-old bank worker was first linked to pistorious, 29, in 2012 during his historic appearance at both Olympics and Paralympics in London 2012, since then she has maintained low profile.
According to friends, Pistorius’s deep connection to fair-haired Jenna far pre-dates their adult romance. Their mothers were close and the duo were often thrown together as children. Both families were reasonably well-off – at least until the athlete’s parents’ bitter divorce. Both Jenna and Pistorius were educated privately, winning places at university
During the hearing Pistorius sobbed as Ms Steenkamp’s father said he ‘must pay’ for the model’s murder as he addressed the disgraced athlete directly for the first time
Following the emotional evidence of his victim’s father, it was to Jenna that Pistorius turned to comfort as she moved to be with him during the break.
Asked whether the two had re-kindled their romance, a source close to the family would only say, ‘Jenna and Oscar have always been close, she’s always been in and out of his life, then, now and I imagine in the future too,’ he said