Pistorius sentence

Father of murder victim Reeva Steenkamp: “She must have been in so much fear, pain”

A photo taken on January 26, 2013 shows Olympian sprinter Oscar Pistorius (R) and his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, who he is convicted of murdering. (WALDO SWIEGERS/AFP/Getty Images)

The father of Reeva Steenkamp spoke Tuesday at the sentencing for former Olympic track star Oscar Pistorius, describing how haunted he is by the horrible way she died. “Oscar has to pay for what he did,” Barry Steenkamp told the South African court.

Pistorius was found guilty of fatally shooting his girlfriend in his home in 2013 and remains under house arrest, after serving one year of a five-year prison sentence for manslaughter, which was then overturned under appeal for the more serious charge of murder. Judge Thokozile Masipa, who originally acquitted Pistorius of murder, will determine the new sentence.

“She must have been in so much fear, pain,” Barry Steenkamp said of Reeva in his testimony. “That is what I think of all the time.”

Reeva’s father also urged the judge to allow the public to see graphic images of his daughter’s wounds, that were entered in evidence in the original trial, arguing it could discourage people contemplating “that type of deed.” She was shot multiple times through a bathroom door.

Steenkamp also described his wife June’s private grief, behind her public “stone-faced” demeanor: “I hear her at night. I hear her crying. I hear her talking to Reeva.”

 

Read the full story at The Associated Press.

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