Reeva's dad, Barry Steenkamp, to testify

2016-06-14 10:15
Barry Steenkamp (File)

Barry Steenkamp (File)

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Pretoria – Reeva Steenkamp’s father Barry will testify in aggravation of Oscar Pistorius’s sentencing for the murder of his daughter.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel’s announcement in the High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday morning was met with murmurs of surprise from the public gallery.  

Nel asked Judge Thokozile Masipa for a 30 minute adjournment to prepare the court and Steenkamp. He did not say what these preparations would entail.

Shortly before, the last defence witness, pastor Marius Nel, was excused from the witness stand.

Barry Roux, for Pistorius, said he had no further witnesses to call as he did not know who the State would call to give evidence.

Nel had testified about how Pistorius had expressed an interest in helping several schools with sports and fitness training.

When Gerrie Nel stood up to cross-examine the pastor, he told the court how strange it would be to address another Nel. There were a few laughs from the court. Judge Masipa smiled.

Nel only asked the pastor how often he visited Pistorius in Kgosi Mampuru prison. On a weekly basis, Nel replied.

The court is hearing arguments in aggravation and mitigation of Pistorius’s sentencing for murder. He shot and killed Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day 2013.

Read more on:    oscar pistorius  |  barry steenkamp  |  pretoria  |  pistorius trial  |  crime

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