Murdered model’s parents feel justice finished with longer sentence
The parents of slain Port Elizabeth model Reeva Steenkamp welcomed the expanded sentence yesterday of paralympian Oscar Pistorius.
The Supreme Courtroom of Charm (SCA) changed his six-year sentence with one of 13 years and five months.
Their legal consultant, Tania Koen, said Reeva’s parents, June and Barry Steenkamp, believed justice got finally been offered.
“Their beliefs in the justice system has been reaffirmed. Reeva can relax now,” Koen said.
She said although a small form of closure had been brought by the new ruling it would not recreate their daughter.
“They still have to live a life without Reeva,” she said.
After Pistorius was at first convicted of culpable homicide and sentenced to five years in 2014, the Country wide Prosecuting Authority approached the SCA to update the conviction to murder.
In July last year the Pretoria High Courtroom sentenced him to six years’ imprisonment.
The NPA then contacted the SCA, asking it to increase Pistorius’s phrase, arguing that the sentence was shockingly low.
Pistorius shot Steenkamp useless in the first hours of Valentine’s Day in 2013, when he terminated four times through the door of his toilet – an act, he said, that originated from mistaking her for a burglar.
The appeal court docket found his testimony was “vacillating and untruthful”.
Prosecutor Andrea Johnston got argued that Pistorius didn’t show remorse and hadn’t told the Pretoria High Court why he had shot Steenkamp.
Subsequently, Pistorius’s legal council, Advocate Barry Roux, said his customer had shown more than remorse.
“His actions were directed up against the intruder.
“When he realised he previously taken Reeva, he was beside himself.”
Pistorius’s sibling Carl had taken to Twitter yesterday after the common sense was passed down, stating he was “shattered, heartbroken and gutted” by the SCA’s ruling.
NPA spokesperson Luvuyo Mfaku said the SCA judgment served as a win for the rule of law.
“As we’ve said, this isn’t about a person, but about proper administration of justice,” Mfaku said.
“This judgment shows that we pursue a person irrespective of their social position.”
Pistorius could be out for his 40th birthday if granted parole.
However, Singabakho Nxumalo, spokesman for Correctional Services, said the process was not easy.
“We must look at judge papers and once he has offered the minimum of the total word, he will be considered for parole.”
Leader of the Reeva Rebecca Steenkamp Basis and Steenkamp’s cousin, Kim Martin, said the building blocks and family welcomed the ruling.
Last night was the unveiling of the Reeva Steenkamp Foundation’s 16 Times of Activism plan against women and child Abuse, “#BluePurpleBlack.”
“On your day that Reeva passed away, she was set to deliver a converse at a local school about women and child misuse, a reason very near to her heart and soul,” Martin said.
She said while Reeva’s death had been damaging to the family, they were pleased that through the foundation, they could continue her legacy and be her ‘voice’.