Reeva Steenkamp's Mom: I Don't Wish Oscar Harm, I Just Want the Truth
Oscar Pistorius trial continues with neighbors' testimony
Reeva Steenkamp’s mother, June, says she can forgive Olympian Oscar Pistorius, but she wants to know what happened the night he shot her daughter four times through a locked bathroom door.
“Only she and Oscar were there and she’s not here anymore,” June told the Today Show on Tuesday. “I don’t wish him any harm. I just want the truth.”
The Steenkamps have stayed out of the media spotlight and courtrooms until Monday when June attended the first day of the trial where a neighbor gave a chilling testimony about hearing "blood-curdling screams" on Feb. 14, 2013.
“I wanted to see Oscar face-to-face. I wanted him to know I was there,” she said. “He never looked my way.”
Instead, Pistorius stayed focus on the testimony, occasionally taking notes. On the second day of the trial, two more witnesses described hearing arguing from his home.
Neighbor Estelle van der Merwe says she was awoken by loud voices and tried to cover her head with a pillow so she could get back to sleep. She heard four noises but was unable to definitively say if they were gunshots.
Charl Johnson was the last witness for the day and described hearing a woman’s voice as if “her life was in danger.”
“I remember hearing a succession of shots,” says Johnson. “I heard the lady scream again and the last scream faded moments after the last shot was fired.”
Prosecutor Gerrie Nel followed up his testimony with a report from an expert, which stated, “The fourth bullet hit her in the head. She then died.”
According to reports, Pistorius clutched his head in his hands.
The trial is expected to go on for three weeks. Premeditated murder carries a mandatory life sentence with a minimum of 25 years.