Monday 23 October 2017

I never want to see Pistorius again, says Reeva's mum

Helen William

THE parents of Oscar Pistorius' dead girlfriend, Reeva Steen- kamp, have spoken of their grief over her killing.

June and Barry Steenkamp are still trying to come to terms with the death of their daughter shot dead at Pistorius' home in the upmarket region of Pretoria, South Africa, in the early hours of Valentine's Day. Pistorius, a double amputee and six-time Paralympic sprint champion, was charged with premeditated murder but says he killed his girlfriend accidentally, opening fire after mistaking her for an intruder.

Mrs Steenkamp said: "He (Pistorius) still has his thoughts. He still has to answer for this. I don't want anything from him. What could he say to me? My daughter is dead and nothing is going to change that. I don't ever want to see him.

"My biggest regret is that Reeva will never have a wedding day. She'll never have a child. This is forever. It's the end."

Mr Steenkamp said he hoped he would know all the facts of what happened after the court case and have the strength to look Pistorius in the eye. "I just feel it 's necessary. For closure," he said.

Their contact with Pistorius is now only through lawyers.

Pistorius (26), who competed at both the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, is staying with relatives as he awaits trial accused of shooting dead Ms Steenkamp, a 30 year-old model.

Irish Independent

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