Pretoria: June Steenkamp, the mother of Oscar Pistorius’ dead girlfriend, said he walked straight past her in court on Monday, denying her the opportunity to look him in the eye.
Speaking to the American channel NBC, Steenkamp said Pistorius never made eye contact with her on the first day of his trial for murdering her daughter.
Distraught? Murder accused Oscar Pistorius in court on Day Two of the trial in Pretoria yesterday. Pic/AFP
“He just walked into the courtroom and looked straight ahead. And then he sat down and never looked my way. I wanted him to see me. I’m the mother of Reeva,” said the 67-year-old, who travelled from the southern coastal town of Port Elizabeth to attend the trial in Pretoria.
She said it was important that he saw her in court. “I can’t explain to you why, that’s what I wanted to do today.”
Steenkamp was not in court on Tuesday. She added that her husband Barry, who suffered a minor stroke last month, could not travel to Pretoria.
Pistorius (27) is charged with the murder of the blonde model, whom he shot in the early hours of Valentine’s Day last year. He claims that he mistook her for an intruder and fired at her through a locked bathroom door. Pistorius has pleaded not guilty to the murder charge.