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‘I don’t wish that on any human being’: tearful Barry Steenkamp on Reeva’s murder

Reeva Steenkamp's father Barry (C) reacts during judgment of South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius in his murder trial in Pretoria, South Africa, 12 September 2014. Judge Thokozile Masipa found South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius not guilty of the murder of Reeva Steenkamp in February 2013 but guilty of culpable homicide. EPA/ALON SKUY / POOL
Reeva Steenkamp's father Barry (C) reacts during judgment of South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius in his murder trial in Pretoria, South Africa, 12 September 2014. Judge Thokozile Masipa found South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius not guilty of the murder of Reeva Steenkamp in February 2013 but guilty of culpable homicide. EPA/ALON SKUY / POOL

A frail Barry Steenkamp‚ 73‚ on Tuesday relived the traumatic aftermath of the murder of his daughter Reeva – a qualified lawyer and model who was gunned down by her boyfriend‚ former world acclaimed athlete Oscar Pistorius.

“From that day‚ it’s affected June‚ myself and my family so much‚” he said in Pistorius’s sentencing hearing.

“Our lives just changed completely… It’s very difficult to explain‚” the tearful‚ shaking father testified.

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Steenkamp had a stroke after the murder and has remained in ill-health.

“I don’t wish that on any human being‚ finding out what happened‚ it has devastated us.”

Pistorius served just a year of a five-year prison term for the killing of his girlfriend Reeva in 2013.

Judge Thokozile Masipa is resentencing Pistorius in the Pretoria High Court for the second time this week after the Supreme Court of Appeal set aside the culpable homicide conviction and replaced it with that of murder last year.

Barry Steenkamp has not been able to attend the trial until now.

 

 

— TMG Digital

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