Reeva’s dad breaks down in court

2014-10-15 14:15

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Reeva Steenkamp’s father Barry broke down in the North Gauteng High Court today as her cousin testified in Oscar Pistorius’ sentencing procedures.

Kim Martin told the court that Steenkamp was her first cousin and they were a very small family.

“Reeva was the first baby I ever held,” she said, before Barry put his head down and cried. His wife June put her arm around him and was stroking his hair.

Barry sat forward with his arms folded on the back of the bench in front of him as his wife kept an arm on his back and shoulders.

Pistorius sat in the dock looking down and passed a letter to his defence team.

Martin is the first of a possible four witnesses that prosecutor Gerrie Nel would call.

On September 12, Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide for the Valentine’s Day 2013 shooting of his girlfriend in his Pretoria townhouse. The court found him not guilty of murdering Steenkamp.

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