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Steenkamp's parents 'satisfied' as Pistorius starts prison term

October 22, 2014 6:07 pm

Reeva Steenkamp’s parents said Tuesday they are “satisfied” with the sentence handed down to their daughter’s killer, as Oscar Pistorius started his first full day in a South African prison.

June and Barry Steenkamp told broadcaster ITV’s “Good Morning Britain” show that they accepted the five-year prison term Pistorius was given Tuesday — although they feel there’s still a “big missing piece of the puzzle” concerning their daughter’s final moments.

“He’s got to pay for what he’s done,” said June Steenkamp.

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“It’s not that we want vengeance or anything or him to suffer with his disabilities, but at the same time we feel satisfied that he will realize now that you can’t go around doing things like that.”

“We have gone along with the judge and her decision,” her husband said. “Only Oscar knows whether that sentence is acceptable to him; I’ve got my feelings to the whole thing but we do accept what the judge handed down.”

Pistorius, who won global renown as a medal-winning double amputee track star before his dramatic fall from grace, woke up Wednesday morning in Kgosi Mampuru II prison, formerly known as Pretoria Central.

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