Reeva's dad suffers stroke - report

2014-02-28 08:59
Barry Steenkamp. (Werner Hills, Foto24)

Barry Steenkamp. (Werner Hills, Foto24)

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Port Elizabeth - Just days before Oscar Pistorius goes on trial for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp, it emerged that her father had reportedly suffered a stroke.

The Times reported on Friday that Barry Steenkamp apparently had a stroke in January.

The Steenkamp family's lawyer, Dup de Bruyn, confirmed that he has recovered reasonably well and is recuperating at his Port Elizabeth home, but it is a traumatic time for him and the rest of his family. The anniversary of Reeva's death, on 14 February, and the upcoming murder trial have taken their toll on the family, according to the report.

The Times reported that he had suffered a second stroke, but a statement from the family's lawyers on Friday stated that this was incorrect.

Barry Steenkamp will not be attending the start of Pistorius's trial in Pretoria on Monday, but his wife, June, will be there, supported by family and friends.

Meanwhile, friends of the family have closed ranks ahead of the trial, saying the Steenkamps need their privacy, according to The Times.

On the anniversary of her daughter's death, June Steenkamp told the newspaper that "nothing will ever be the same" and that it doesn't get easier, only worse.

A cousin earlier told the Sunday Times that the family had faith in the justice system and hoped the trial would bring closure to the family.

- An earlier version of this story, based on a story which appeared in The Times newspaper, incorrectly stated that Barry Steenkamp had suffered a second stroke. News24 apologises for this error.

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