The family of slain model Reeva Steenkamp has come forth to state unequivocally that they believe Oscar Pistorius, the man who allegedly shot their daughter, is a liar.
The “Bladerunner” is currently standing trial for Steenkamp’s murder. Pistorius, an South African sprinter, claims that he fired a shot into a closed bathroom door on Valentine’s Day because he thought the person behind it was an intruder. The victim’s family is calling it murder.
In an interview with The Daily Mail, Steenkamp’s sister, Simone Steenkamp, said she and her mother don’t believe Pistorius for a second.
“He is trying to convince the court that they were really close and that he cared for her,” she said. "It’s not true. He is a disgusting liar."
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His behavior in the courtroom — sobbing and vomiting — was nothing but dramatics, she said, which only intensified her and her mother's feelings of fear and anger.
"It was so scary," Simone Steenkamp said. "My heart stopped as he walked past, ignoring us. I like to think his heart stopped too. He knew we were there but he almost lost his balance and fell over when he saw us."
“Then he sat in the dock, smirking. He killed my sister and yet he still seems to be enjoying his celebrity status.”
"It has been such an eye-opener for me," she said of the trial. "Until I walked into the courtroom it hadn’t really hit me that Reeva was dead, that I’ll never again see her coming through the door, bouncing around, being in charge of us all like she used to be.”
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Pistorius claimed that her sister kept silent when he asked who was in the bathroom, but Simone Steenkamp said that would have been completely out of character for her.
"Our Reeva was very vocal, very assertive," she said. "Some people might go quiet when something terrible is happening, but not Reeva. She would have screamed. I know she would. She was a loving, outgoing girl who always spoke up about her feelings; she didn’t hold back.”
Pistorius will stand trial for another three weeks.