Murder: Steenkamp’s friends hire private detective to investigate

2013-02-26 00:00

UNNAMED friends of Reeva Steenkamp have hired a private detective to investigate her death, and her parents said they are in the dark about this.

“The private detective may have been misunderstood to say that I was the one who asked him to investigate,” said her father, Barry, from Port Elizabeth yesterday.

Cecil Myers, Reeva’s “Joahnnesburg father” also denied that he gave detective Lance Epstein a mandate.

Reeva was best friends with Myers’s daughter Gina and stayed with the family over the last few months.

Mike Venter, the Steenkamps’ lawyer and new family spokesperson, said friends of Reeva’s approached Epstein, of Johannesburg.

“The Steenkamps are overwhelmed and need time to themselves.

“It was good friends of Reeva’s who asked Epstein to keep an eye on the investigation,” said Venter.

Epstein’s office in Johannesburg said yesterday he was not available and he did not respond to requests for comment.

The Steenkamps let it be known that it is unlikely they would attend Oscar Pistorius’s trial in June.

“It’s all [the media enquiries] getting too much,” Barry said yesterday.

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