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Friday 20 October 2017

I forgive Oscar for killing my beautiful girl - Reeva's mum

June Steenkamp. Photo: Getty
June Steenkamp. Photo: Getty

REEVA STEENKAMP'S mother says she has forgiven Oscar Pistorius, but her daughter will only rest in peace when the Paralympian's trial for her murder is over.

The South African athlete says he accidentally killed his model girlfriend after mistaking her for an intruder and opening fire through a door, but the prosecution say it was pre-mediated.

June Steenkamp told Hello! Magazine she still feels her daughter's presence since her death on Valentine's Day 2013.

She said: "I feel her presence and talk to her all the time. She'll only rest in peace when this is over. I trust that God will prevail and justice will be done. All we want is the truth.

"I don't hate Oscar," she said, "I've forgiven him. I have to - that's my religion. But I am determined to face him and re-claim my daughter.

"It's important for him to know that I'm there, that Reeva's mother who gave birth to her and loved her, is there for her," she revealed.

Reeva's death has taken its toll on her father, Barry, who has suffered a stroke and been unable to attend the court hearings.

He said he wished he had intervened to end the couple's relationship, saying: "If I'd known what I know now, I would have attempted to stop the relationship. Reeva wouldn't have liked me for attempting to interfere, but as it turned out she would have thanked me in the end."

Meanwhile, Pistorius's trial heard the athlete is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder according to his defence.

The chief prosecutor in the case had previously said a panel of mental health experts concluded that the former Paralympian was not suffering from a mental illness at the time of the shooting last year.

His trial was put on hold for a month while a psychologist and three psychiatrists assessed whether the runner was capable of understanding the wrongfulness of the act.

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