June Steenkamp rejected Oscar’s ‘blood money’

2014-10-14 15:49

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Reeva Steenkamp’s mother June rejected a R375 000 payment from her daughter’s killer, Oscar Pistorius, as “blood money”, the North Gauteng High Court has heard.

“She rejects that, she doesn’t want blood money,” prosecutor Gerrie Nel told parole officer and social worker Annette Vergeer during cross-examination today.

She earlier presented her report on Pistorius, which the defence had paid her to compile, to the court. In it she recommended that Pistorius get three years of correctional supervision and community service for killing Steenkamp.

Nel told Vergeer that Pistorius got the R375 000 from selling his car. It was paid into the trust account of the Steenkamp’s lawyer.

Nel said he was concerned this was not mentioned in her report.

He asked her when she was told the Steenkamps had rejected the money.

“I can’t confirm 100% but I think it was yesterday,” she replied.

Nel also referred to monthly payments Pistorius had been making to the Steenkamps, as mentioned in Vergeer’s report.

“That money will be paid back to the accused in full, every cent,” said Nel.

He wanted to know why this was not mentioned in her report. Vergeer replied the report was compiled during the trial.

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