Reeva Steenkamp's dad breaks down in court

Reeva Steenkamp's dad breaks down in court

In a heart breaking testimony in court today, Reeva Steenkamp's father said Oscar Pistorius 'must pay' for his model daughter's murder as he addressed the disgraced athlete directly for the first time.

Reeva Steenkamp's dad breaks down in court

Barry Steenkamp - Reeva's father gives heartrending evidence in court at sentence of Oscar Pistorius

In dramatic testimony, Barry Steenkamp, 73, urged a judge to show the world pictures of his daughter's gunshot wounds so everyone could see the pain Oscar Pistorius had inflicted on her.

Mr Steenkamp described how he had repeatedly self-harmed and driven needles into his own body since his daughter's death to 'try and feel the same pain that she went through' on the night she was shot dead by Pistorius three years ago.

He told the court he wanted the world to see a picture of Reeva's dead body so 'the world can see the wounds that were inflicted on Reeva and the pain she must have gone through.'

The retired racehorse trainer broke down repeatedly in the witness box as he laid bare the devastating impact his only daughter's death had had on his life.

'I think of her every day of my life, morning, noon and night, in the early hours of the morning, I think of her all the time,' he told a sentencing hearing that will decide what punishment Pistorius will face for killing the 29-year-old.

Pistorius locked eyes with his victim's father for the first time across court as the older man told him that although he had spurned his requests to meet, he would be prepared to hear directly from him one day. And although he and his wife, June, 69, had forgiven the killer, they were convinced he should lose his freedom.

Reeva Steenkamp's dad breaks down in court

Pistorius bows down his head in shame while Reeva's dad testifies

Pistorius has always maintained that he mistook Steenkamp for a burglar when he fired four times through the door of his bedroom toilet.

'I personally think that there was an argument,' Mr Steenkamp, 73, told the sentencing hearing after Pistorius's conviction was upgraded to murder.

Reeva Steenkamp's dad breaks down in court

Reeva and Pistorius out at an event

Oscar Pistorius returned to court today after being described as a 'broken' man who should be hospitalised rather than jailed as he attended sentencing for the murder of his girlfriend.

The double-amputee killed Reeva Steenkamp in the early hours of Valentine's Day in 2013, saying he mistook her for an intruder when he fired four times through the door of his bedroom toilet.

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