Reeva's family to attend Oscar's judgment day

2014-09-11 02:12
Barry Steenkamp, second from left, with wife June Steenkamp, parents of Reeva Steenkamp, accompanied by their advocate Dup de Bruyn, left, and an unidentified woman arrive at the high court in Pretoria. (Themba Hadebe, AP)

Barry Steenkamp, second from left, with wife June Steenkamp, parents of Reeva Steenkamp, accompanied by their advocate Dup de Bruyn, left, and an unidentified woman arrive at the high court in Pretoria. (Themba Hadebe, AP)

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Johannesburg - Reeva Steenkamp's family will be in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Thursday when Judge Thokozile Masipa begins handing down judgment in the murder trial of Paralympian Oscar Pistorius.

"The family will be there - Reeva's parents will be there," Steenkamp's uncle, Michael Steenkamp, said on Wednesday.

He would also be there, accompanied by his wife and daughter.

"The family is not doing too good in this anxious period and we are just waiting for this period to end. We leave it in the Lord's hands," he said at the time.

Pistorius has said he thought an intruder was behind the door of the toilet in his Pretoria home when he shot through it. He fired four times, killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on 14 February 2013.

The State says the murder was premeditated.

When the trial started on 3 March, Pistorius pleaded not guilty to the murder charge, and to three firearm-related charges.

Pistorius's family, including sister Aimee, brother Carl and uncle Arnold have been at almost every court appearance since the trial started on 3 March.

It was unclear which Pistorius family members would be in court on Thursday.

Pistorius is also charged with three contraventions of the Firearms Control Act - one of illegal possession of ammunition and two of discharging a firearm in public.

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