I don't hate Oscar - Reeva's mom

2014-07-07 14:52
Reeva Steenkamp's mother, June, wipes her eye during the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria. (Daniel Born/The Times/Pool)

Reeva Steenkamp's mother, June, wipes her eye during the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria. (Daniel Born/The Times/Pool)

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Pretoria - Reeva Steenkamp's mother, June, has told a British magazine that she has forgiven Oscar Pistorius, who is on trial for the murder of her daughter.

On Monday Hello! magazine published an interview with June Steenkamp.

"I don't hate Oscar," she told the magazine.

"I've forgiven him. I have to - that's my religion. But I am determined to face him and re-claim my daughter. It's important for him to know that I'm there, that Reeva's mother who gave birth to her and loved her, is there for her."

Justice

She added that she feels Reeva's presence with her all the time, and believes she will only rest in peace when the trial is over.

"I trust that God will prevail and justice will be done. All we want is the truth," she said.

Pistorius has been charged with murdering Steenkamp early on the morning of 14 February 2013.

The sprinter claims he mistakenly shot the 29-year-old model and law graduate through a locked door, believing she was an intruder in his upmarket Pretoria home.

If found guilty of premeditated murder, he faces up to 25 years in jail and an abrupt end to his glittering sports career.

Video footage

In the North Gauteng High Court on Monday, prosecutors sought to show Pistorius's sports doctor overstated his immobility without prostheses.

State prosecutor Gerrie Nel took Wayne Derman to task about his claim the athlete was mentally vulnerable and had limited mobility on his stumps.

Pistorius's defence team say both factors led the Olympian to shoot Steenkamp out of fear that she was an intruder.

Nel's tough questioning comes after a haunting video of the 27-year-old star sprinter was aired by The Seven Network, an Australian television network.

In the video, Pistorius, wearing a blue tank top and tight black shorts, is walking on his bare stumps with his arm outstretched and hand clenched as if aiming a pistol.

In another clip, Pistorius walks backwards on his stumps, appearing to cast doubt on the defence claim the runner has limited mobility without wearing his prosthesis.

"Can I just ask you then was it ever demonstrated to you that Mr Pistorius was able to walk backwards on his stumps?" said Nel.

"It was never demonstrated to me," said Derman.

Nel worked to show that Pistorius wilfully moved towards the bathroom to shoot Steenkamp four times with a pistol.

"There was at least an option for the accused to flee, even walk out of the room, am I right?" said Nel, suggesting that Pistorius was criminally negligent by choosing to shoot instead of leaving his bedroom.

Leak

The leaked video was made by the Evidence Room, a US company that specialises in forensic animation, and lawyers for the athlete said it was commissioned by his defence team and obtained illegally by the TV station.

But the Australian television network defended its decision to run the footage on Monday, insisting it was not obtained unlawfully.

"We would not have run the footage if we thought we had obtained it illegally," said Mark Llewellyn, executive producer of the Sunday Night programme.

"The story was run in Australia only and not made available to any other territory."

Pistorius's team warned against any other media rebroadcasting the clip.

"Any reproduction of this illegally obtained material will be deemed illegal," said spokesperson Anneliese Burgess.


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