Her fa­ther says Os­car Pis­to­rius must pay

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His voice break­ing with emo­tion, the fa­ther of Reeva Steenkamp tes­ti­fied in a South African court yes­ter­day that her fa­tal shoot­ing by boyfriend Os­car Pis­to­rius “dev­as­tated” his fam­ily and that he thinks of her con­stantly, even try­ing to imag­ine the hor­rific mo­ment of her death.

“Os­car has to pay for what he did,” said Barry Steenkamp, adding that he would like to talk to the for­mer track star in pri­vate at a later stage.

Steenkamp spoke at the sen­tenc­ing hear­ing for Pis­to­rius, who was con­victed of mur­der­ing his girl­friend in his home in 2013 in a case that trans­fixed many around the world, partly be­cause of the dra­matic fall of a on­ceac­claimed ath­lete and the shocking na­ture of his crime.

Pis­to­rius is cur­rently un­der house ar­rest af­ter ini­tially serv­ing one year of a five-year prison sen­tence for man­slaugh­ter for shoot­ing Reeva Steenkamp. But that con­vic­tion was over­turned last year, which con­victed Pis­to­rius of the more se­ri­ous charge of mur­der.

Judge Thokozile Masipa, who ini­tially ac­quit­ted Pis­to­rius of mur­der, will de­cide the new sen­tence. The hear­ing is sched­uled to run un­til Fri­day. South Africa has a min­i­mum sen­tence of 15 years in prison for mur­der, al­though a judge can re­duce that in some cir­cum­stances.

Barry Steenkamp gave tes­ti­mony about the wrench­ing, personal grief of a dis­traught fa­ther who lost a daugh­ter in a fa­tal shoot­ing.

“She must have been in so much fear, pain,” said Steenkamp. “That is what I think of all the time.”

Un­der ques­tion­ing from chief pros­e­cu­tor Ger­rie Nel, Steenkamp urged Judge Masipa to al­low the pub­lic to see the graphic photos of his daugh­ter’s wounds that were en­tered as ev­i­dence dur­ing Pis­to­rius’ trial but not al­lowed to be shown to a wider au­di­ence

Barry Steenkamp also spoke of the grief suf­fered by his wife, June. “I hear her at night. I hear her cry­ing. I hear her talk­ing to Reeva. It dev­as­tated us,” he said.

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