Reeva Steenkamp’s father wants to meet Pistorius

The father of Oscar Pistorius’s girlfriend said in an interview on Monday that he wants to meet the Paralympic athlete to seek closure over the killing of his daughter.

Pistorius was released last week after a year in prison for shooting dead Reeva Steenkamp through a locked toilet door in their bedroom in the early hours of Valentine’s Day 2013.

“I think I will get more closure one day if I get the chance to speak to Oscar myself,” Reeva’s father Barry Steenkamp told South Africa’s M-Net TV channel.

“Most probably I wouldn’t have to say anything. I will just have to look at him… but that is what I would like to do one day.”

Pistorius will serve the rest of his five-year sentence for culpable homicide — a charge equivalent to manslaughter — under house arrest.

During his six-month trial, he said he shot Steenkamp, a model and law graduate, with a pistol he kept under his bed because he mistook her for an intruder.

Pistorius’s parole conditions have not been publicly revealed, but they are reported to compel him to meet with Steenkamp’s parents if they wish.