The parents of Reeva Steenkamp will not pursue a civil claim against Oscar Pistorius for killing their daughter and will pay back around $10,000 that the athlete gave them in monthly instalments to help with living expenses, they said in a statement on Wednesday. ('Oscar Pistorius Offered Cash After Killing')
Lawyer Dup de Bruyn said he had also advised Barry and June Steenkamp to remain "neutral" with regard to Pistorius' sentence for negligently killing Reeva Steenkamp by shooting her multiple times in his home.
Relatives of victims sometimes testify to their suffering in sentencing hearings, but de Bruyn suggested Steenkamp's parents would not. However, de Bruyn said the parents were "quite surprised" that Pistorius's lawyers had raised the issue of payments when the athlete had asked the Steenkamps that they be kept confidential.