OSCAR Pistorius has met the dad of his ex-girlfriend Reena Steenkamp, whose murder he was jailed for, it has emerged.
Pistorius was jailed for the murder of Reeva SteenkampCredit: AP
Reeva and her killer pictured at an award ceremony in JohannesburgCredit: AP
The athlete – who was known as the Blade Runner – has now became eligible for parole under South African law after serving half his sentence.
In order to qualify for release, prisoners must “acknowledge and take responsibility for their actions”.
A lawyer for Reena’s parents June and Barry Steenkamp said Pistorius took part in a process known as victim-offender dialogue.
Tania Koen confirmed Barry Steenkamp and Pistorius “participated in a victim-offender dialogue on 22 June 2022” but said she would make no more comment.
At the end of last year it emerged Pistorius sent a “distressing” letter to the Steenkamps.
They described the the Paralympian’s gold medalist’s letter as “like ripping a Band-Aid off a wound”.
The couple’s lawyer Tania Coen would not disclose the content of the letters.
“It was quite emotionally distressing for them. They did not know it was coming and it was sent to me by his attorney.”
The Steenkamps had said they want a face-to-face meeting with Pistorius before he is considered for early release from prison, as is their right under South Africa’s victim-offender dialogue policy.
They have previously said they want to challenge Pistorius on why he shot their daughter.
“Yes, they want to do that face to face,” said Koen.
“Barry has said for years he wants to meet Oscar and he has questions to ask.
“They are not emotionally prepared, but are prepared to meet Oscar.
“They accept the day will come when Oscar will be eligible for parole and they would give their input.”
A parole hearing for Pistorius was scheduled for October 2021 and then cancelled, partly because a meeting between Pistorius and the Steenkamps had not been arranged.
Koen slammed the way they had been treated saying: “What was also very upsetting was the disregard for their emotional wellbeing.
“They had to find out the parole board had already convened a date for parole and never advised them about it.”
The multiple Paralympic champion was initially found guilty of culpable homicide – an offence comparable to manslaughter – for killing Reeva.
The Paralympian shot her four times through his bathroom door on Valentine’s Day 2013.
He claimed at his trial it was a tragic accident and he mistook her for a dangerous intruder.
But prosecutors appealed the manslaughter finding and secured a murder conviction.
Pistorius was sentenced to six years in jail for murder but prosecutors again appealed what they called a shockingly light punishment for murder.
The Supreme Court of Appeal then more than doubled his sentence in 2017.
June and Barry Steenkamp said the letter Pistorius sent was ‘distressing’Credit: AFP or licensors
The former Paralympic athlete is seeking release from jailCredit: EPA
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