Oscar TV interview 'hurtful' - Reeva's cousin

2016-06-15 10:34
Oscar Pistorius arrives at court (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

Oscar Pistorius arrives at court (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

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Pretoria – An interview convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius gave to a TV channel was hurtful to Reeva Steenkamp’s family, her cousin told the High Court in Pretoria on Wednesday.

“I’m not happy about that at all. I think it’s very unfair to want to talk to the world about your version when you’ve had the opportunity in court to do so. It’s hurtful and I can’t understand why,” Kim Martin said during sentencing proceedings for Pistorius.

She was being led in giving evidence in aggravation of sentencing by prosecutor Gerrie Nel.

The interview with investigative journalist Mark Williams-Thomas, for a special one-off programme titled Oscar Pistorius: The Interview, will air on Friday, June 24 at 21:00 on Britain’s ITV.

Martin said on Wednesday that all her family ever wanted from Pistorius was the truth.

“Oscar’s version changed so many times. I never ever heard him say that I apologise for shooting and murdering Reeva behind a door. I don’t feel there was any apology from him. I don’t feel the true version came out. We just wanted the truth.”

She said Reeva’s murder continued to affect the family and her own children. They were coping but the scars ran very deep.

“I have to be strong for them. Coping, because we have to, yes. Getting over it, no.”

During cross-examination, Barry Roux, for Pistorius, read to Martin transcripts from interviews with Reeva Steenkamp’s friends, in which they described the former paralympian in glowing terms.

“I do know she liked Oscar. I don’t think she loved him. I can’t comment on their feelings,” Martin told Roux.

Martin had testified during sentencing proceedings for Pistorius in October 2014. She told the court she was doing it for Reeva, to give her a voice.

Martin first met Pistorius in Cape Town in January 2013. At the time, she asked her cousin “are you happy?”

“She pulled her shoulders and said ‘yes, but we need to talk’.”

Martin said at the time that she never had a chance to follow up on the conversation, which had bothered her since then.

Nel and Roux told Judge Thokozile Masipa they had no more witnesses to call. Roux then began his closing arguments.

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