Saturday 20 January 2018

Model's mum threatened Pistorius not to hurt her 'baby'

Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp
Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp

Aislinn Laing Johannesburg

The mother of Reeva Steenkamp warned Oscar Pistorius she would have him "wiped out" if he hurt her "baby" in any way.

June Steenkamp said she threatened the Paralympic champion when her daughter telephoned her to complain that he was "driving like a lunatic".

Details of the couple's tempestuous relationship emerged ahead of the 26-year-old athlete's latest court appearance today. He is accused of murdering Ms Steenkamp (29) on Valentine's Day.

Mrs Steenkamp appeared in a documentary on Channel 5 last night in which she recalled the conversation from the car phone. "She was afraid, she was so afraid," she said. "I said, 'Will you just give him the phone'.

"She gave the phone to Oscar straight away. I said, 'Listen, if you hurt my baby in any way I will have you wiped out'."

Mrs Steenkamp said that after the incident, her daughter had phoned her again and had spoken about rows with Pistorius, whom she had been dating since November last year.

"She said, 'We've been fighting a lot'. She didn't elaborate about what they'd been fighting about," Mrs Steenkamp disclosed in the documentary, 'Why Did Oscar Pistorius Kill Our Daughter?'.

Gwyn Guscott, a friend of Ms Steenkamp, told the documentary that the couple had argued, but that the model had decided to "patch things up".

"I do recall her saying to me, 'I'm not a person that likes arguments so I walk away, so I left and I took two days to cool off and then I tried to patch things up'," she said.

Meanwhile, Mr Pistorius' uncle Arnold told another interviewer that the athlete still felt "deep sorrow".

"He is battling; he is having a tough time and will never be the same," he said in an interview with South Africa's 'Carte Blanche' news programme.

The athlete will be seen publicly for the first time in more than three months today when he appears before a magistrate in Pretoria. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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