Money won't save Pistorius, says Reeva's dad

PRETORIA - South African athlete Oscar Pistorius “will have to live with his conscience” over the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, her father has said.

Barry Steenkamp was speaking a day after the Paralympic champion was freed on bail pending his trial.

Pistorius, 26, admits shooting Steenkamp, 29, but denies murder, saying he mistook her for an intruder.

“If it didn’t happen the way he says it did he must suffer and he will suffer,” her father told Beeld newspaper.

“It does not matter how much money he has and how good his legal team is, he will have to live with his conscience,” Mr Steenkamp said.

“But if he speaks the truth, I can perhaps some day forgive him,” he added.

Reeva Steenkamp was a model and law graduate with a burgeoning television career.

She was shot dead in the toilet of Oscar Pistorius’s home in the early hours of February 14 — Valentine’s Day.

Pistorius admits firing the shots through a locked door but says he thought he was firing at an intruder, not the woman he says he loved.

He was released on bail on Friday after eight days in police custody.

A magistrate ruled that the state had not made a case that he would flee, or that he had a violent character.

The next hearing is set for June 4.

Pistorius is currently staying at his uncle’s house in the upmarket suburb of Waterkloof in Pretoria.

His uncle said the athlete wanted to “reach out” to Reeva Steenkamp’s family.

Reeva Steenkamp’s mother June told Beeld that she had received a bouquet of flowers from the Pistorius family.

“But what does it mean?” she asked. “Nothing”.

Pistorius’ brother, Carl, has tweeted, thanking everyone who has prayed for both families.

Oscar Pistorius, 26, won gold medals at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens, in Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012.

In London, he made history by becoming the first double-amputee to run in the Olympics, making the semi-final of the 400m. — BBC

Pistorius bail conditions

Must hand over 1 million rand: 100 000 rand in cash up front, and proof that the rest is available.

Must turn in passports and any guns that he owns.

Cannot leave Pretoria without permission from probation officer, nor can he return to his home.

Forbidden to take drugs or drink alcohol.

Must report to police station between 07:00 and 13:00 every Monday and Friday.

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