Reeva's father: 'Pistorius will suffer if he is lying'

Monday, February 25, 2013
Reeva's father: 'Pistorius will suffer if he is lying'
Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp.

Reeva Steenkamp's father says Oscar Pistorius will "suffer" if he lies about what happened the night the model was shot and killed in his Pretoria home.

Barry Steenkamp spoke about the disgraced sportsman — who was granted bail last week — in his first extended interview since his daughter was killed.

He wouldn't comment on whether he thought Pistorius was guilty of murder, but said the athlete's fame and expensive legal team wouldn't save his soul if he lied about Reeva's fate.

Related: Oscar Pistorius speaks – 'How Reeva died'

"There are only two people who really know what happened and it's Oscar Pistorius and the Lord," Barry told Johannesburg newspaper Beeld.

"It does not matter how much money he has and how good his legal team is, he must live with his conscience if he allows his legal team to lie on his behalf.

"But if he speaks the truth, I can perhaps some day forgive him. If it did not happen as he has told it, he must suffer. And he will suffer ... only he knows."

Reeva's mother June Steenkamp echoed her husband's sentiments, saying she just wanted to know the truth about what happened to her daughter.

"I just want to finish mourning for my daughter," she said. "I will have to get used to life without her.

"Now everything is taken away from her in such a violent way. We just want to know the truth."

Pistorius is awaiting trial for Reeva's murder. He was released on bail last week, but is banned from leaving the country, taking drugs or drinking alcohol, and returning to his Pretoria home.

He must also report to police twice a week.

If convicted, Pistorius will face life in prison. He admits shooting Reeva, but says he mistook her for an intruder.

Related: Reeva Steenkamp laid to rest

Meanwhile, the controversial case got more bizarre on the weekend, when it emerged that Oscar's brother Carl Pistorius is himself facing a charge of culpable homicide.

Carl was charged over the death of a woman who was killed when her motorbike collided with his car.

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