Oscar Pistorius wrote to June and Barry Steenkamp, the parents of his girlfriend Reeva, whom he shot dead in his home in Pretoria, South Africa, an unexpected move that was “quite emotionally annoying for them”.
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Murderer Oscar Pistorius sent the parents of his victim Reeva Steenkamp a letter “distressing” in a move, which their lawyer said was “like tearing off help”.
Pistorius has been on probation since July, serving half of his 13-year sentence for the shooting death of his girlfriend at his home in Pretoria, South Africa, on Valentine’s Day, 2013.
As part of the probation in South Africa, prisoners must “recognize and take responsibility for their actions”, which led him to write his letter to June and Barry Steenkamp.
Their lawyer, Tania Koen, told the Mirror: “I cannot disclose the contents of that letter.
“It was pretty emotionally distressing for them. They didn’t know it was coming and it was sent to me by his lawyer. “
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Ms. Koen also recounted Barry and June’s misery when they learned that Pistorius, 34, had been eligible for probation since July and a hearing was set for the end of October, which was later canceled after they found out.
They were told he would not be released until after March 2023.
June and Barry have also been asked by the prison service to meet their daughter’s killer prior to his release, and want to see him.
The lawyer said the “victim-criminal dialogue” was not mandatory for the victim’s family, but Barry and June wanted to meet with Pistorius.
Ms Koen said: “Yes, they want to do that face-to-face.
“Barry has said for years that he wants to meet Oscar and he has questions to ask. They’re not emotionally ready, but they’re ready to meet Oscar.
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“They accept that the day will come when Oscar will be eligible for probation and they will make their contribution.”
But she said the couple were upset about the way Pistorius’ probation was handled.
She said: “What was also very annoying was the disrespect for their emotional well-being.
“They had to find out that the probation commission had already convened a date for probation and never advised them on that.
“The proper procedure was not followed.”
Singabakho Nxumalo, of the prison service, confirmed that the Steenkamps had been asked to meet with Pistorius in a possible “victim-criminal dialogue”.
Pistorius, a double amputee who in 2012 became the first athlete to compete in the Olympics on “blades,” claimed he thought he was shooting an intruder when he killed Reeva, 29.