‘Reeva would have wanted me in court’
Reeva Steenkamp’s father, Barry, insisted he should be in court to hear closing arguments in Oscar Pistorius’ murder trial – because it was what his daughter would have wanted.
Ill-health had kept him from the court. He suffered a second stroke after his daughter’s death.
A family friend told City Press: “He always wanted to come. He believed Reeva would have wanted him in court and he felt terrible about not being there.”
The friend said that not being in court was “eating him up and that is why he insisted he was well enough to attend the final closing arguments”. But it was not an easy two days for him. “He really said it was incredibly painful to listen to a blow-by-blow account of his daughter’s last few hours.”
Another friend said Steenkamp was upset when prosecutor Gerrie Nel referred to apparently unhappy WhatsApp messages between his daughter and Pistorius.
“It can’t be easy to have to hear that your daughter was not happy during her last days alive. No father wants to hear that his daughter felt unloved,” said the second friend. – Debora Patta