Steenkamp lawyers deny father’s second stroke

2014-02-28 13:46

Lawyers for the family of Reeva Steenkamp, shot dead by Paralympian Oscar Pistorius, has denied a report that her father, Barry, has suffered a second stroke.

Legal firm De Villiers Inc said in a statement: “Recent reports appeared in the media intimating that Barry Steenkamp has recently suffered a second stroke. The report is incorrect.”

The Times, quoting family lawyer Dup de Bruyn, reported today that Barry Steenkamp had suffered a second stroke a few days ago.

“It was light ... he has recovered reasonably well, but it is a traumatic time,” De Bruyn reportedly said.

“He simply cannot see his way forward to come to the trial.”

Barry Steenkamp reportedly suffered his first stroke at the end of January.

Pistorius is accused of murdering his model girlfriend on February 14 last year. His murder trial begins in the North Gauteng High Court on Monday and is expected to run until March 20.

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