Reeva Steenkamp’s father is not ready to let Oscar Pistorius go scot-free for murdering his beloved daughter. Speaking on day 2 of Pistorius’ sentencing proceeding, Barry Steenkamp said, “It has been very difficult for me to forgive… I feel that Oscar has to pay for what he did. He has to pay for his crime.”
The embittered father of the deceased, who broke down in court on Tuesday was clouded with grief as he demanded for outright justice for the death of his daughter three years ago.
Barry Steenkamp Mourns Daughter
Barry Steenkamp said what hurts him most was the pain his 29-year-old daughter must have gone through before her shocking death. “What she must have gone through in those split seconds – she must have been in so much fear and pain. That is what I think of, all the time. It must have been absolutely awful,” he lamented.
On Monday, professor Jonathan Scholtz, a psychologist, tasked with the responsibility of preparing a report for Paralympian Oscar Pistorius’ sentencing on a murder conviction raised deep concerns about the mental state of the Paralympian star.
Scholtz, who was called by Pistorius’s legal team asserted that further imprisonment would have detrimental effect on him because of his psychiatric condition over the last two years.
Oscar Pistorius killed Reeva Steenkamp, a model and law graduate in the early hours of Valentine’s Day in 2013, alleging he mistook her for a burglar when he fired four times through the door of his bedroom toilet.
In March, Pistorius’s lawyers failed to reverse an appeal judgement that upgraded his original conviction from culpable homicide to murder.
During today’s sentencing, a witness, Ebba Gudmundsdottir, from Iceland, a mother of a disabled child, said Pistorius became friends with her family after she gave birth to a baby without legs.
“He gave us his phone number for us to ask him or consult with him anytime we needed it, which we did and that was lovely,” she told the court.
Another witness, prison nurse Charlotte Mashabane, alleged that Pistorius often argue with officials, shouting and hitting her desk in a dispute over medication.
Marius Nel, Pistorius’s pastor, told the court that Pistorius was “very excited and positive” about becoming involved in the church’s education projects.
The hearing is however scheduled to last until Friday.
Pistorius faces a minimum 15-year jail term for murder, but his sentence could be reduced due to time already spent in prison and mitigating factors, including his disability.