According to a new report, Oscar Pistorius, behind bars for the murder of his girlfriend, is set to visit his father in an effort to be released from prison early.
The Sun revealed on Saturday that the Olympic sprinter — serving a more than 13-year sentence for murdering model Reeva Steinkamp in 2013 — will “soon” speak with Barry Steinkamp in the South African legal process that sees him released on parole. can be done.
It is not clear from the report when exactly the meeting is going to take place.
The 35-year-old South African, who has served half his sentence, was also due to meet Riva’s mother, June, who has forgiven her daughter’s killer, according to The Sun.
However, Steenkamps’ attorney Tania Coen told the outlet, “At this point in time, it’s not from June.”
In 2018, Steenkamp’s mother said she forgave Pistorius—but still wanted to punish him.
The 2013 double-amputee Paralympic gold medalist blew 29-year-old model and reality-TV star Steenkamp through the bathroom door inside her home in Pretoria, South Africa.
Prosecutors allege that Pistorius, who previously earned worldwide acclaim as a double-amputee runner, intentionally shot his girlfriend four times after the couple argued on Valentine’s Day. But Pistorius claimed that he woke up and opened fire because he mistook Steenkamp as an intruder.
Pistorius, who ran on a carbon-fibre-powered blade during the 2012 Olympics, was initially convicted of murder in 2014, but that conviction was overturned and replaced with a murder sentence.
In late 2020, a longtime friend of Pistorius said he was begging for his family’s apology.
According to pal Bill Schroder, “I want to tell them I’m sorry,” he said.
A prosecutor said in 2014 that the former runner offered Steenkamp’s family $34,000 after beating him, but they turned it down because they didn’t want to accept “blood money.”