‘Reeva would have wanted me in court’

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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

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