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Reeva's mother slams Pistorius in new memoir

November 11, 2014 14:02 IST

Reeva Steenkamp's parents June and Barry Steenkamp sit in the Pretoria High Court

Reeva Steenkamp's parents June and Barry Steenkamp sit in the Pretoria High Court. Photograph: Kim Ludbrook - Pool/I/EPA/Gallo Images/Getty Images

The mother of the deceased Reeva Steenkamp does not believe that Paralympic runner Oscar Pistorius accidentally shot her daughter dead and feels let down by South Africa's justice system.

In Reeva, a mother's story, a memoir published on Monday, June Steenkamp said that she believes Pistorius shot her 29-year-old daughter dead after a fight and that the couple's relationship had been coming to an end.

June wrote in the book that she does not believe Pistorius' story. The book was released weeks after the athlete was found not guilty of murder and sentenced to five years in prison on a lesser manslaughter charge, reported.

Pistorius claimed that he mistook Reeva for an intruder, firing four shots through a locked bathroom door.

June stated that not one of Pistorius' actions suggests that he felt protective towards her daughter.

The grieving mother has set out what she believes happened in the early hours of Valentine's Day last year. She claims that they had a fight, a horrible argument, and Reeva fled to the bathroom with her mobile and locked the door. She further states that Pistorius might have shot once and then he had to go on and kill her daughter because she would have been able to tell the world what really happened, what the Paralympian was really like.

Source: ANI