Monique Wright has blasted South African runner Oscar Pistorius being freed from jail just nine years after being convicted of the murder of model, Reeva Steenkamp.
Back in 2013, the case gripped the world after the double-amputee killed Steenkamp, 29, when he fired four shots through a locked bathroom door at his home in a gated community in Pretoria.
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June Steenkamp, Reeva’s mother, recently spoke out for the first time following the death of her 80-year-old husband Barry last September, after he suffered years of poor health following a stroke during the trial.
“Such a sad story and hard to believe he’s out — we all watched so closely that court case — like it was only yesterday,” Monique said, echoing everyone’s surprise that Pistorius had been paroled.
“It’s horrific,” Mark Beretta added.
Monique Wright with Mark Beretta on Sunrise on Thursday, where she blasted Oscar Pistorius being paroled. Credit: Seven
Pistorius served just nine years of his 13-year sentence.
June appeared on Britain’s ITV News on Wednesday, giving her first interview since Barry’s death.
“I must say with him coming out, he has to come out, it is inevitable, I realise that. We cannot keep him inside. He’s on parole now,” June said.
“It isn’t going to make any difference to my life — he’s done what he’s done already and I can’t do anything about that.
“I have lost the most beautiful, wonderful child — now I have been without her for so many years.
“I miss her every day.”
June hit out at Pistorius saying she “believed” he had “never told the truth”.
“He’s never shown any remorse — so we have to accept the law to take its course.”
Reeva Steenkamp poses with Oscar Pistorius. He has just been released after serving nine years for shooting her dead. Credit: Seven
Reflecting on the death of her husband last September, June said he died of a “broken heart”, following Reeva’s death.
“He was very strange when he died. He just went to bed early and he just passed away in his sleep — but he could not live without our daughter,” she said.
“She loved us and cared for us.”
Pistorius, in line with South African law, was eligible for parole after half of his sentence was served.
He is confined to his uncle’s home and is banned from speaking to the media until 2029.