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Steenkamp family object verdict

The parents of Reeva Steenkamp say “justice was not served” after South African athlete Oscar Pistorius was acquitted of murdering their daughter.


June and Barry Steenkamp told of their “disbelief” that the court had believed Pistorius’s version of events.

Judge Thokozile Masipa found him guilty of the lesser charge of culpable homicide, saying the state had failed to prove he intended to kill.

Pistorius has been allowed bail ahead of sentencing on October 13.
Judge Masipa said the athlete had acted “negligently” when he shot his girlfriend through a toilet door, but in the “belief that there was an intruder”.

The Paralympic sprinter had strenuously denied murdering Steenkamp after a row on Valentine’s Day last year, saying he shot her by mistake.

But in the interview with NBC, June Steenkamp said: “This verdict is not justice for Reeva, just want the truth. He shot through the door and I can’t believe that they believe it was an accident.”

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