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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Pistorius family vows full support

Oscar Pistorius is to appear in court on Tuesday in connection with the death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp
Oscar Pistorius is to appear in court on Tuesday in connection with the death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp
The parents of Reeva Steenkamp, June and Barry, have questioned why she was killed (Why Did Oscar Pistorius Kill Our Daughter? Tonight on Channel 5 at 9pm/PA Wire)

The family of Oscar Pistorius say they will "support him every step of the way" ahead of his latest court appearance - but the parents of the girlfriend he shot are still searching for answers.

In a television interview, June Steenkamp said "there is only one person who knows what happened" that night in February when her "terrified" daughter Reeva Steenkamp was killed .

The interview with Mrs Steenkamp and Barry Steenkamp comes as Pistorius is due to appear in court in Pretoria on Tuesday. The 26-year-old double amputee and six-time Paralympic sprint champion has been charged with premeditated murder, but claims he shot the 29-year-old after mistaking her for an intruder.

Arnold Pistorius, uncle of the "Blade Runner", said the family "fully stand behind" him as he prepares to face court again, and said they were "shaken" by the pictures of the star's bloody bathroom that emerged last week.

He said: "We believe in him, love him and will support him every step of the way in what lies ahead.

"We were shaken by the graphic images, leaked into the public domain this week, of the accident scene at Oscar's house. It has always been our plea that the legal process be allowed its run its course with integrity. The leaking of evidential material into the public domain, before the court case, does not advance this process.

"We continue to have great faith in the South African legal justice system and believe that Oscar's account of what happened on that terrible night in February will be borne out by the evidence that the defence team will lead in court."

In the Channel 5 interview, Mrs Steenkamp speaks of her desperation to know why the shooting took place, and discusses the guilt she and her husband feel about not having "protected" their daughter.

"Why? Why did he shoot her? I want to know why he shot her. Because she must have been so afraid in the toilet, and somebody's firing (a) gun, bullets through the door.

"And how terrified and already one bullet had hit her so she must have been in severe pain also, and I just feel why couldn't I have warned her, or known something about this person - that they could be capable of doing something like that. Because he shot her till she was dead. Shot her till she was dead and I want to know what happened. Why?"

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