OSCAR Pistorius met the father of his ex-girlfriend Reena Steenkamp, whose murder he was in prison for, has come to light.
Pistorius, 35, was sentenced to 13 years and five months in prison in 2015 for the murder of 29-year-old Reeva.
The athlete – who was known as the Blade Runner – was eligible for parole under South African law after serving half of his sentence.
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 participated in a process known as victim-offender dialogue.
Tania Koen confirmed that Barry Steenkamp and Pistorius “participated in a victim-offender dialogue on June 22, 2022,” but said she would not comment further.
The Department of Correctional Services said Pistorius was transferred back to a prison near the capital, Pretoria, from one in the Eastern Cape, close to Steenkamp’s parents.
Spokesman Singabakho Nxumalo said Pistorius will continue to serve his sentence as participating in the victim-offender dialogue does not amount to an end of sentence or probation.
Late last year, it emerged that Pistorius had sent a “disturbing” letter to the Steenkamps.
They described the Paralympic Championship gold medalist’s letter as “like tearing a band-aid off a wound.”
The couple’s lawyer, Tania Coen, declined to reveal the contents of the letters.
“It was quite emotionally draining for her. They didn’t know it was coming and it was sent to me by his lawyer.”
The Steenkamps had said they would like to meet Pistorius in person before he is considered for early release from prison, as is their right under the policy of victim-offender dialogue.
They have previously said they want to challenge Pistorius as to why he shot their daughter.
“Yeah, they want that face-to-face,” Koen said.
“Barry has been saying for years that he wants to meet Oscar and he needs to ask questions.
“You are emotionally unprepared but ready to meet Oscar.
“They accept that the day will come when Oscar will be eligible and they would do their part.”
A parole hearing for Pistorius had been scheduled for October 2021 and was then cancelled, in part because no meeting had been arranged between Pistorius and the Steenkamps.
Koen slammed the way they had been treated, saying: “What was also very upsetting was the disregard for their emotional well-being.
“They found out that the parole board had already called a parole date and never informed them.”
The multiple Paralympic champion was initially found guilty of involuntary manslaughter – a crime similar 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 that it was a tragic accident and believed her to be a dangerous intruder.
However, prosecutors appealed the manslaughter finding and obtained a murder conviction.
Pistorius was sentenced to six years in prison for murder, but prosecutors again appealed what they described as a shockingly light sentence for murder.
The Supreme Court of Appeals then more than doubled his sentence in 2017.
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