Oscar Pistorius will face the grilling in prison of Reeva Steenkamp’s parents – .

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Oscar Pistorius will face the grilling in prison of Reeva Steenkamp’s parents – .


Oscar Pistorius will meet with the parents of model Reeva Steenkamp to try to convince them that he should get parole for his murder.

The 35-year-old former Paralympian was transferred 750 miles to another prison for a meeting with the family of the girlfriend he shot dead on Valentine’s Day in 2013.

Pistorius is on the verge of parole, but must first give Barry Steenkamp, ​​78, and his wife June, 74, a chance to question him about his crime.

The reunion was set after Pistorius wrote to the couple in October during what is believed to be his first contact with them since his trial.

The Steenkamps told their lawyer, Tania Koen, that the letter out of nowhere was like “ripping a bandage” from a wound.

The 35-year-old former Paralympian was transferred 750 miles to another prison for a meeting with the family of the girlfriend he shot dead on Valentine’s Day in 2013

But they decided that this represented an opportunity to finally get the truth from Pistorius.

He is serving his 13 year and five month sentence at the “comfortable” Atteridgeville Correctional Center in Pretoria.

Miss Steenkamp’s father, who was treated for heart disease, said the trip there would have been too long and Pistorius was taken to St Albans Correctional Center a 15-minute drive from their home in Port Elizabeth.

If the couple feel they have shown remorse, it will influence the parole board’s decision regarding his release. It is understood that the Steenkamps will be driven to prison this week for the meeting.

A guard from St Albans said: “Pistorius arrived late Friday and is being temporarily held in a single cell away from everyone. “

An hour before dawn that day, Pistorius “ghosted” out of Atteridgeville and traveled the 750 miles to St Albans.

Pistorius is on the verge of parole, but must first give Barry Steenkamp, ​​78, and his wife June, 74, a chance to question him about his crime.

The 13 hour trip saw him being transported in a prison van with two police cars in support.

Described as a “hellhole”, St Albans is home to 3,200 of South Africa’s most dangerous killers and rapists. Pistorius is spared by the general cells which would contain up to 44 prisoners.

He became eligible for parole in July after the Supreme Court of Appeal ruled that the 506 days he served before being incarcerated had not counted towards his sentence.

He was first sentenced to five years in prison in October 2014 for culpable homicide, but the state challenged the verdict and a year later it was turned into murder and 13 years and five months.

During his repeated trials, he claimed he was trying to protect Reeva, mistakenly thinking that an intruder was in his bathroom.

Pistorius shot the model, 29, four times after crawling on the floor of his bedroom on his stumps with his pistol.

He was nicknamed Blade Runner after being fitted with prosthetics to allow him to walk and then sprint. Both of her lower limbs were amputated at the age of 11 months due to a birth defect.

Miss Steenkamp’s parents said that as Christians they forgave her. Earlier this year, they took to ITV’s Good Morning Britain, speaking from their home, saying they believed Pistorius had shown no remorse. They also said they “weren’t emotionally prepared but would meet him”.

If Pistorius is released, he will remain licensed for life and may be recalled if he commits another crime.

He told friends he wanted to teach disadvantaged people about sports.

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