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

(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.

Barry Steenkamp, the father of Reeva Steenkamp, leaves his home to attend her funeral Feb. 19.
Barry Steenkamp, the father of Reeva Steenkamp, leaves his home to attend her funeral Feb. 19.   (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)
In this Nov. 4, 2012, file photo, South African Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp arrive for an awards ceremony in Johannesburg.
In this Nov. 4, 2012, file photo, South African Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp arrive for an awards ceremony in Johannesburg.   (AP Photo/Citypress,Lucky Nxumalo, File)
Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, silhouetted in front vehicle, center, arrives at a relative's home in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday.
Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, silhouetted in front vehicle, center, arrives at a relative's home in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday.   (AP Photo/Waldo Swiegers)
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