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Reeva Steenkamp's parents - “There's a big missing piece of the puzzle, only Oscar Pistorius knows the truth”


Reeva Steenkamp's parents have expressed doubt over Oscar Pistorius' version on events on the night he shot their daughter, in their first interview since the South African athlete was sentenced to five years in prison for culpable homicide. 

Speaking to ITV's Good Morning Britain, June and Barry Steenkamp said that there was still "a big missing piece of the puzzle" regarding their daughter's violent death and that only Oscar knew the truth of what really happened to her. 

"We're not completely happy with the evidence that came through," said June, of the trial at Pretoria High Court. "There's still a big missing piece of the puzzle. We feel there's more to the whole story than was stated." 

Reeva's father, Barry, added: "If there's more to this unfortunate saga, it's only Oscar Pistorius that knows and he's the one who will have to live with it for the rest of his life." 

He said they knew "very little" about the three-month relationship between Oscar and Reeva leading up to her death.

The 29-year-old model and law graduate died in a toilet cubicle in Pistorius' house after the sprint runner fired four shots through the door just after 3am on Valentine's Day last year. 

Reeva Steenkamp's parents on Good Morning Britain

Reeva Steenkamp's parents on Good Morning Britain

Judge Thokozile Masipa sentenced the Paralympian to five years in jail yesterday, although his legal team has suggested that he may serve just 10 months behind bars before moving to house arrest.

Despite their doubts over what happened the night of their daughter's killing, Barry and June described themselves as "satisfied and settled" with the sentence handed down to Pistorius and said they did not want vengeance, or for him to suffer.

"We can't argue with the justice system. [Judge Masipa] had all the facts in front of her," said June. 

"He has got to pay for what he has done. It is not that we want vengeance or anything, or him to suffer with his disabilities, but at the same time we feel satisfied that he will realise now that you can't go around doing things like that.

"He will suffer but [it will be] more mental pain than anything... now he has to pay for what he's done to our daughter."

Oscar Pistorius and Reeva

Reeva and Oscar pictured in 2012

The Steenkamps said Reeva's niece Kim Martin had given "visability" to their daughter during the sentencing process. 

In heart-rendering testimony at the Pistorius’ sentencing hearing last week, Kim revealed how Reeva's death had devastated the family.

Describing the moment she heard the news as "the end of the world," Kim added, "It was the worst experience I have ever ever been through."

She told the court of a conversation a few weeks before she died in which Reeva hinted at having doubts over her relationship with Pistorius.

Kim said that she thought the athlete was shy and "a nice person" when they met in Cape Town last year, but she "didn’t notice much affection" between him and Reeva.

She had joined the couple for lunch, in January last year, and the athlete had left the table at one point to take a phone call. "I said 'Cuz, so are you happy?'" Kim recounted. "She said, 'Yes, but we need to talk.'"

Then Pistorius returned. "I never got a chance to say, 'What do you mean by that,'" Kim said. "That has bothered me forever since then, that I never said 'what do you mean by we have to talk.'"

Oscar Pistorius being led away to cells

Oscar Pistorius being led away to the cells after sentencing

June and Barry also spoke of their anguish over Reeva's death during their appearance on ITV this morning. 

"We have to live with this now for the rest of our lives, without her," said June. "It is so difficult to go through this and to have that pain in your heart and in your soul for her.

"We will see her again one day when we are in the same place, but still there is a great, great empty space for us."

Reeva Steenkamp

Reeva died almost instantly when Oscar Pistorius fired shots through the toilet door on Valentine's Day 2013

Photos: Rex Features



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