Parents of Reeva Steenkamp criticise Pistorius verdict

By Editorial Board - 24 August 2015 at 5:15 pm
June Steenkamp, the mother of the late Reeva Steenkamp who was shot dead by her  boyfriend Oscar Pistorius in 2013, speaks at the launch of her book, ‘Reeva, A Mothers Story.’ in Johannesburg  Tuesday, March 10, 2015.  Steenkamp said that she did not care about an upcoming appeal hearing by the star athlete. Pistorius’ lawyers will challenge a judge's decision to allow prosecutors to appeal the runner's negligent killing conviction later this week. (AP Photo/Shiraaz Mohamed)

Reeva Steenkamp, the woman killed in the notorious shooting committed by Oscar Pistorius, have made their strongest statement to date criticising the verdict of the murder trial.

Her father Barry Steenkamp told Australia’s Channel Seven TV “what actually came out in court is not the truth.”

Last year Pistorius was jailed for five years for the charge of culpable homicide of Reeva Steenkamp. He was eligible for release having only served a sixth of his sentence. However the South African minister blocked his early release from prison just last week.

Justice Minister, Michael Masutha said last week that the decision to free Pistorius from prison was taken prematurely.

Masutha has now suspended the decision and sent it back to be reviewed by the parole board, which may take months, legal sources told the BBC.

The state prosecutors are aiming to get his conviction reviewed and converted to murder with a minimum sentence of 15 years.

Pistorius admitted to shooting dead Ms Steenkamp but he maintains that he mistook her for an intruder.

Mr Steenkamp dismissed this by stating “he got angry, she went off to the toilet, locked herself inside, and then him pulling out the gun and shooting.”

Her mother June Steenkamp asked, “why didn’t he just let her walk away?”

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