Pistorius lawyer unaware of Steenkamp talks

2013-08-20 14:42
Oscar Pistorius (Picture: AP)

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Johannesburg - Oscar Pistorius lawyer said on Tuesday he was unaware of talks with Reeva Steenkamp’s family over an out-of-court settlement.

The Times reported that the Paralympic star is seeking an out-of-court deal with the family of the woman he killed.

Steenkamp, who was a model and law graduate, and her half-brother were financially supporting their parents. This including paying the rent for the parents’ Port Elizabeth home.

When contacted about the deal, Pistorius's lawyer Kenny Oldwage told AFP: "I am not aware of these discussions and I can't comment."

The Steenkamp family lawyer Petrus de Bruyn confirmed discussions were underway, but refused to give details.

"We have both said that we are in talks with each other and that's all we are prepared to say," he told AFP.

The parents are reportedly planning to lodge a civil suit claiming R3m in damages.

The 26-year-old Pistorius wept and prayed in court on Monday before being served with his indictment for murder and given his trial date.

Steenkamp, a blonde cover girl and law graduate who would have turned 30 on Monday, died in the bathroom of Pistorius's upmarket Pretoria home in the early hours of 14 February.

The double amputee athlete known as "Blade Runner", who is currently out on bail, has admitted to killing Steenkamp but denied murder, saying he shot her through a locked bathroom door because he believed she was an intruder.

Prosecutors will argue he is guilty of premeditated murder.
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