Steenkamp Dad: If He's Telling the Truth, I'll Try to Forgive Him
Pistorius may resume training next week
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 23, 2013 1:21 PM CST
Barry Steenkamp, the father of Reeva Steenkamp, leaves his home to attend her funeral Feb. 19.   (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)

(Newser) – Oscar Pistorius is staying with an uncle in a Pretoria suburb today after being released on bail yesterday, reports the Guardian. The father of the woman he killed, meanwhile, offers this assessment to a German newspaper:

  • "If it didn't happen the way he says it did, he must suffer and he will suffer," says Barry Steenkamp. "It does not matter how much he has and how good his legal team is, he will have to live with his conscience. But if he speaks the truth, I can perhaps some day forgive him."

Pistorius, who maintains that he mistook Reeva Steenkamp for a burglar, is not due back in court until June 4, and his coach says he might put the Olympian back into training as soon as Monday, reports the Daily Mail. His relatives sent a bouquet of flowers to Reeva's mother, but it does not appear to have gone over well. "What does it mean?" asks June Steenkamp. "Nothing." Also today, CNN reports that Pistorius' brother had his Twitter account hacked, and the family is now canceling its social media accounts as a result.

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Marelicia
Feb 27, 2013 6:15 PM CST
usually, a normal, caring and loving man knows when their bedmate is missing, especailly their sexy overnight guest. OP had retrieved his gun and holster from UNDERNEATH the Right side of his bed where Reeva had Slept, where Reeva's OVERNIGHT bag, Pocketbook, iPad and Slippers were FOUND by the cops right there on the Floor on the same Right side of the bed. OP had tossed his gun holster near Reeva's belongings on the floor. Is OP claiming that he is blind also ??? The reason killer-boy never asked who was in the Toilet Stall is because he knew that shoeless Reeva, wearing her white shorts and black vest, and prepared to leave his home in the predawn hours, had fled into the Toilet Stall after his threats and violence towards her. Bail Revocation and 25 years for Oscar Pistorius. Proper Justice for Reeva Steenkamp and her family.
Imhotep
Feb 24, 2013 9:08 AM CST
INNOCENT ? How can anyone even think this guy is innocent. You must be the same boobs that think OJ is innocent. Don't you read or listen to the facts ? He fired 4 rounds into a toilet stall. All it had in it was a toilet. She was sitting on the toilet and he killed her. He couldn't miss. He put on his legs and walked around the bed to get his gun. He took out his gun , walked around the bed again. Stepped into the bathroom and shot through the toilet stall door. He did not ask who was in the toilet. He did not say he was armed and for the intruder to leave the same way he got in. He just walked in and started shooting. For the father to even intimate that this guy is innocent or this was an accident is disgusting beyond belief.
oldgoat
Feb 23, 2013 7:37 PM CST
I kind of find it hard that he wouldn't glance over to see if she was there before starting to shoot. After all if there actually were burglars in the bathroom you'd have to want make sure that she would be out of the line of fire. At the very least it should be manslaughter though.