Pistorius will suffer alone: Steenkamp's dad

Feb 24, 2013, 08:17 IST | Agencies

The father of Oscar Pistorius' girlfriend has warned the athlete that he will have to "live with his conscience" if he is lying about why he killed her.

Barry Steenkamp said the Paralympian will “suffer alone” if his claim that he shot 29-year-old Reeva Steenkamp accidentally is false.

Oscar Pistorius
Oscar Pistorius

But Mr Steenkamp told the Afrikaans-language Beeld newspaper he might be able to forgive Pistorius one day if the double-amputee is telling the
truth. Pistorius’ family has sent flowers and a card to the Steenkamps, but “what does that mean? Nothing,” said June, Reeva’s mother.

“I just want to finish mourning my daughter. I will have to get used to life without her,” she said, adding that she had “cried out all my tears”. Meanwhile, Pistorius spent Saturday, his first day out on bail, with his family. Pistorius was freed on a record one million rand bail on Friday after eight days in custody.
“I would like Oscar to just compose himself and to have a normal day,” his uncle Arnold Pistorius told the local Eyewitness News.

He will return to court later this year when a date will be set for trial. When contacted, his father Henke Pistorius declined to say how his son had slept at his uncle’s house in Pretoria. But a source close to the family told AFP that “the family just want time together. They haven’t thought about anything except being together.”

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