June Steenkamp ‘has heard enough’
June Steenkamp has gone back home to Port Elizabeth.
The opening day of Oscar Pistorius’ murder trial at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria gave the heartbroken mother of Reeva Steenkamp the closure she desperately wanted.
But she did not get to look the man who killed her daughter in the eye.
Other members of Reeva’s family, including her cousin Kim Martin, were in court this morning.
Martin, who lives in Cape Town, was the only family member to meet Pistorius in person. She joined Pistorius and Reeva for lunch in Bloubergstrand weeks before the model’s death.
Pistorius pointedly returned Martin’s gaze when he walked into court this morning.
Yesterday, June, dressed in black, was seated behind Pistorius and listened as a grim scene of Reeva’s last minutes were painted.
Pistorius’ neighbour at the Silver Woods Country Estate, Michelle Burger, delivered a chilling account of bloodcurdling screams emanating from Pistorius’ home in the early hours of February 14 last year.
A family member told City Press that June was “doing fine, that she heard enough and wanted to go home”. She is a strong woman, he said.
The source, who did not want to be named, said June wished to return to her husband, Barry, and their home on a smallholding in Port Elizabeth.