Reeva’s dad will talk to Oscar

2013-02-23 00:00

REEVA Steenkamp’s dad, Barry, wants to speak to the man who killed his daughter in the early hours of Valentine’s Day.

Yesterday, Steenkamp said he would accept a phonecall from Oscar Pistorius, but wanted “to hear the truth, not stories”.

This after Pistorius’s uncle, Arnold, told eNCA that Oscar would probably phone Reeva’s parents today.

While Reeva’s father is prepared to talk to Oscar, her mother, June, has her doubts.

She told sister newspaper Beeld that she did not believe her husband should speak to the 26-year-old athlete.

“He should rather speak through an attorney.”

After eight days in a police cell and a dramatic four-day bail hearing this week, Pistorius was released on bail late yesterday afternoon.

He was granted R1 million bail under strict conditions and will appear in court again on June 4.

Pistorius spent last night at his uncle’s plush Waterkloof home.

Arnold Pistorius told eNCA that while driving back from cout to Waterkloof, Oscar had indicated he wanted to contact Reeva’s family.

“He will most probably try to speak to Reeva’s family tomorrow [Saturday]. That is what he said in the car. Reeva’s family is on his mind.”

Pistorius said the first thing Oscar would do was to have a warm bath.

He would also “relax” this weekend and would not consult his lawyers.

“He is still devastated. The death of a loved one … I cannot think of anything worse that can happen to anyone.

“He is a toughie. He is a different person and he will come through this stronger.”

Asked if Oscar had felt any remorse over Reeva’s death, Arnold Pistorius said: “I don’t think there is a word in the dictionary that can describe the feeling and the remorse that he feels about the accident.”

Magistrate Desmond Nair’s ruling that Pistorius could be released on bail (see below) was met with a loud “Yes” from the public gallery.

Nair ruled that Oscar was not a flight risk as contended by the state, nor had any evidence been led that he could be violent.

The emotion in the packed court was so overwhelming that Nair adjourned proceedings for a few minutes until things calmed down.

After bail was granted, Pistorius was quick to disappear to the holding cells.

His family, including his dad, Henke, sister Aimee and brother Carl, made a circle and clung to each other in prayer.

Among those in the public gallery was Reeva’s housemate, Kim Myers, and the new investigating officer, Lieutenant General Vinesh Moonoo.

Oscar’s counsel, advocate Barry Roux SC, said it was one of the toughest weeks of his career.

When the decision was announced, the lawyer audibly sighed with relief.

He said it was fair that Pistorius was released. “I thought he would get bail.”

Roux had earlier said he would appeal if bail was denied.

Soon after the court adjourned, the defence laid Pistorius’s two passports on the table in front of the state team, and asked for receipts.

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