Oscar Pistorius set to meet victim Reeva Steenkamp’s parents

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Former Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, who killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013, is set to visit the parents of the late model as part of a process that could lead to his release from prison.

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The 35-year-old is being moved to an isolated prison about 750 miles from the capital, Pretoria, where he is currently imprisoned, and is close to Riva’s father, Barry Steenkamp, ​​75, and wife June, 74, so he talks to them. Can do .

The meeting, where Mr and Mrs Steenkamp will ask Pistorius why he shot his daughter on Valentine’s Day in 2013, has been described as part of the “restoring justice” process in South Africa.

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Reports say the meeting was organized after Pistorius wrote to Steenkamps in October, which is believed to be his first contact with the family since the 2014 trial that made headlines around the world.

Pistorius was initially given a five-year sentence for murder, but was found guilty of murder on appeal in 2015, and the sentence was later increased to 13 years and five months. After serving half the sentence, he is ready for possible release.

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Perpetrators participating in the restorative justice process are required to speak to their victims or families and acknowledge the harm they have caused.

Steenkamp previously said he would like to participate in the process.

“June has always said she has forgiven Oscar, although that doesn’t mean she shouldn’t be paid for what she’s done…” Tania Coen, the couple’s lawyer, told the South African earlier this year. told the national broadcaster.

“Barry fights with it a little bit, but that is something he has to voice at an appropriate time,” Ms Coen said.

“The wound, even after so much time has passed, is still very raw.

Ms. Coen also pointed out daily Mirror The newspaper said the couple had received a letter from Pistorius, which they described as “emotionally disturbing for them”.

South African officials said “deadline” [of the meeting] All participants will be guided by the level of preparedness” and no date has been set yet.

Pistorius, a double-amputee gold medalist who competed in the 2012 Olympics, shot Ms Steenkamp through a locked toilet door in her home in 2013.

He claimed in the lawsuit that it was a “tragic accident” where he mistook Steenkamp for a dangerous intruder.

Under South African law, the former athlete is eligible for parole after serving half his sentence.

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