Oscar did request meeting - Reeva's mom

2014-04-11 10:59
June Steenkamp, mother of the late Reeva Steenkamp, is seen in court. (Werner Beukes, Sapa, Pool)

June Steenkamp, mother of the late Reeva Steenkamp, is seen in court. (Werner Beukes, Sapa, Pool)

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Pretoria - Murder accused Paralympian Oscar Pistorius did ask for a meeting with the Steenkamp family, the North Gauteng High Court heard on Friday.

As soon as the court started, prosecutor Gerrie Nel stood up and spoke.

"I received a request from Mrs Steenkamp to inform me through her advocate that Mr Pistorius requested a meeting, but they are not yet ready."

Nel said he was told this after Thursday's adjournment and that he was mentioning this for the court record. He then continued his cross-examination of Pistorius.

It was not clear exactly when Pistorius requested the meeting.

On Thursday, Nel asked Pistorius under cross-examination why he did not meet the family in private after shooting dead his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, instead of making a public apology while in the dock.

Pistorius is accused of the murder of Steenkamp in his Pretoria house on 14 February last year. He shot her through the locked door of his toilet, apparently thinking she was an intruder about to come out and attack him.

Steenkamp's mother June has been in court with her advocate Dup de Bruyn. Her father Barry has been too ill to attend proceedings.

Read more on:    reeva steenkamp  |  oscar pistorius  |  pistorius trial

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