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Oscar Pistorius must 'live with conscience'

Father of Pistorius' slain girlfriend was speaking day after the South African athlete was freed on bail pending trial.
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2013 01:33
Victim's father Barry Steenkamp (left) said he can "forgive Pistorius one day if he is telling the truth" [AFP]

South African athlete Oscar Pistorius "will have to live with his conscience" over the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day, her father has said.

Barry Steenkamp was speaking on Saturday, a day after the Paralympic champion was freed on bail pending his trial.

Pistorius, 26, admits shooting model and law graduate Steenkamp, 29, at his luxury home near Pretoria in the early hours of February 14 - but denies murder, saying he mistook her for an intruder.

He was charged with premeditated murder after the shooting.

South African journalist Andre-Pierre Du Plessis discusses the global interest in the case

"It doesn't matter how much money he has and how good his legal team is, he will have to live with his conscience if he allows his legal team to tell lies on his behalf," Barry Steenkamp told Beeld, an Afrikaans newspaper.

"But if he is telling the truth then maybe I can forgive him one day. If it didn't happen the way he said it did, he must suffer, and he will suffer... only he knows."

Pistorius was granted bail on Friday after his lawyers successfully argued the "Blade Runner" was too famous to flee justice.

Meanwhile, Pistorius' family distanced themselves from a tweet on the account of the athlete's brother on Saturday thanking people for the support offered to both families.

A spokeswoman for the family said the account had been hacked. They said Pistorius' brother and sister would cancel their social media accounts.

The arrest of Pistorius stunned millions who had watched in awe last year as the Olympic and Paralympic sprinter reached the semi-final of the 400 metres in the London Olympics.

But the impact has been the greatest in South Africa, where he was seen as a rare hero for both blacks and whites, transcending racial divides that persist 19 years after the end of apartheid.

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