Oscar Pistorius met dad of ex Reena in bid to be freed from jail for her murder

OSCAR Pistorius has met the dad of his ex-girlfriend Reena Steenkamp, whose murder he was jailed for, it has emerged.

The 35-year-old Pistorius was convicted of murdering Reeva, 29, dans 2015 and ultimately sentenced to 13 years and five months in prison.

Pistorius was jailed for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp

Pistorius was jailed for the murder of Reeva SteenkampCrédit: AP
Reeva and her killer pictured at an award ceremony in Johannesburg

Reeva and her killer pictured at an award ceremony in JohannesburgCrédit: AP

The athletewho was known as the Blade Runnerbecame eligible for parole under South African law after serving half his sentence.

In order to qualify for release, prisoners must “acknowledge and take responsibility for their actions”.

A lawyer for Reena’s parents June and Barry Steenkamp said Pistorius took part in a process known as victim-offender dialogue.

Tania Koen confirmed Barry Steenkamp and Pistoriusparticipated in a victim-offender dialogue on 22 June 2022but said she would make no more comment.

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The department of correctional services said Pistorius was transferred back to a prison near the capital Pretoria, from one in eastern Cape, near where Steenkamp’s parents live.

Spokesman Singabakho Nxumalo, said Pistorius will continue serving his sentence as participating in the victim-offender dialogue does not equate to an end of sentence nor parole.

At the end of last year it emerged Pistorius sent a “distressing” letter to the Steenkamps.

They described the the Paralympian’s gold medalist’s letter as “like ripping a Band-Aid off a wound”.

The couple’s lawyer Tania Coen would not disclose the content of the letters.

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“It was quite emotionally distressing for them. They did not know it was coming and it was sent to me by his attorney.”

The Steenkamps had said they want a face-to-face meeting with Pistorius before he is considered for early release from prison, as is their right under the victim-offender dialogue policy.

They have previously said they want to challenge Pistorius on why he shot their daughter.

"Oui, they want to do that face to face,” said Koen.

“Barry has said for years he wants to meet Oscar and he has questions to ask.

They are not emotionally prepared, but are prepared to meet Oscar.

“They accept the day will come when Oscar will be eligible for parole and they would give their input.”

A parole hearing for Pistorius was scheduled for October 2021 and then cancelled, partly because a meeting between Pistorius and the Steenkamps had not been arranged.

Koen slammed the way they had been treated saying: “What was also very upsetting was the disregard for their emotional wellbeing.

“They had to find out the parole board had already convened a date for parole and never advised them about it.”

The multiple Paralympic champion was initially found guilty of culpable homicidean offence comparable to manslaughterfor killing Reeva.

The Paralympian shot her four times through his bathroom door on Valentine’s Day 2013.

He claimed at his trial it was a tragic accident and he mistook her for a dangerous intruder.

But prosecutors appealed the manslaughter finding and secured a murder conviction.

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Pistorius was sentenced to six years in jail for murder but prosecutors again appealed what they called a shockingly light punishment for murder.

The Supreme Court of Appeal then more than doubled his sentence in 2017.

June and Barry Steenkamp said the letter Pistorius sent was 'distressing'

June and Barry Steenkamp said the letter Pistorius sent was ‘distressingCrédit: AFP ou concédants de licence
The former Paralympic athlete is seeking release from jail

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