Steenkamps claim Pistorius murderer of their daughter

Parents of homicide victim South African celebrity Reeva Steenkamp criticise court decision publicly for first time saying Oscar Pistorius killed their daughter intentionally

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Barry and June Steenkamp in court in Pretoria for Pistorius' trial, alleging Oscar Pistorious killed their daughter

Family of the homicide victim, South African model, lawyer Reeva Steenkamp for the first time criticised the court decision on Monday, saying Oscar Pistorius shot and killed their daughter intentionally ahead of an appeal hearing for dismissal of the case which ruled that Pistorius was responsible for the homicide.    

In 2014, Pistorius was found guilty and sentenced to five years in jail for killing of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. During his trial, the paralympic athlete claimed he mistook his girlfriend for a burglar in the midnight which is why he fired his pistol.

According to his self-defence in the trial, he killed her with his pistol firing through the bathroom’s window due to he felt a sense of terror rushing over him.Then he opened the bathroom’s door and discovered that he killed his girlfriend. She was alive when Pistorius found her in that condition, then he carried her to downstairs to hospitalise.

Mother of the victim, June Steenkamp refused Pistorius' claims in Australia's Channel Seven TV saying that "He got angry, she went off to the toilet, locked herself inside, and then him pulling out the gun and shooting."

"Why didn't he just let her walk away?" Ms Steenkamp added.

An appeal was filed by prosecutors last week to change the verdict which was given by previous South african court. The new claim is that Pistorius must have known that when he fired the person behind door could be killed, which in this case means he must be guilty for voluntary manslaughter. The appeal is due to start in November.  

Last week, Justice Minister Michael Masutha also pointed that the court’s decision to free Pistorius came ahead of time as he just served 10 months of his five-year sentence.   

If the athlete's conviction to be converted to murder, he would face with minimum 15 years in jail in acknowledgement of a custodial sentence.

Pistorius, nicknamed the "Blade Runner" was born without the fibulas in both of his legs, and had surgery to amputate as he was infant.

He was the national proud of South Africa and also the first disabled athlete who could compete against able-bodied athletes at the 2012 London Olympics.


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