As the Oscar Pistorius legal drama heads for a conclusive end by the end of the week, Barry Steenkamp tells the court that Pistorius was guilty and should be made to pay for his crimes.
On the 14th of February, 2013, Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend, claiming it was an accident. He maintains that he had thought it was a burglar hiding in the bathroom. Pistorius was initially found guilty of culpable murder and sentenced to 5 years in prison.
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Later on, his manslaughter charge was overturned to murder when the prosecution appealed. Now Pistorius currently faces up to 15 years in prison.
It was most probable that the father of deceased girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp would take the stand to testify against the Paralympic champ. Barry Steenkamp appeared in court to give inexcusable reasons why Pistorius should pay for his crimes. The still aggrieved father helplessly broke down in court as he testified against Pistorius.
He has demanded that the court should make the pictures of his daughter’s dead body public. That way people will see the wounds inflicted on her. The father of late Reeva did not forget to mention how the daughter’s death had changed their lives.
Barry said his wife has forgiven Pistorius. Nevertheless that did not mean he would be exonerated from the crime of killing his daughter.
“You must understand why forgiving doesn’t exonerate you from the crime you committed.”
Soon after the death of his daughter, Barry Steenkamp had a stroke and now has a cardiac problem. He narrated how financially constrained they had become since the death of the daughter. Barry said all his family wants is justice. Broken and in tears, he repeatedly says,
“He (Pistorius) has to pay for what he did”.
He said this about 4 times. When questioned by Pistorius lawyer, Barry confirmed that him and his wife had refused to meet with the athlete ever since the tragedy.
“The time will come and I would like to talk to Oscar.”
As he vented his anger and hurtful emotions, Pistorius, South African Paralympic champion and record breaker was also in tears.