The mother of Oscar Pistorius' girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp has spoken of her personal "hell" during the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius, who shot and killed her daughter on Valentine's Day last year.
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The 67-year-old mother, who had never met Pistorius before the trial, has sat for weeks watching as the prosecution's attempts to determine whether the athlete shot his model girlfriend four times through a locked bathroom door was deliberate or he truly mistook her for an intruder.
June Steenkamp said she has become "obsessed" with watching the athlete as she tries to deduce whether the visible distress of the man she says has gone from a "hero" to "devil" is genuine or is just an act.
"I'm obsessed with looking at him, it's just instinctive, I can't explain it,” she said. “I keep thinking: 'Let me see how he's taking this."
An emotional Pistorius has been seen shaking, vomiting and crying uncontrollably in court, while Ms Steenkamp has sat listening to harrowing details from the night her daughter died.
"He has been very dramatic, the vomiting and crying," Ms Steenkamp said. "I think he's just about keeping himself together. I don't know whether he's acting."
She told The Mirror recently how difficult it has been to attend the trial and "face up to what is going on" after her "wonderful, beautiful daughter" was killed.
Ms Steenkamp insisted: "I don't care what happens to Oscar, I don't even care if he goes free. All I know is that he has to stand up to what he’s done and – if he has to – pay for it."
Despite the Olympic Champion's claims that he shot his girlfriend by mistake, prosecutors argue he intentionally shot and killed the 29-year old model following a domestic dispute.
There are no juries at trials in South Africa and Pistorius's fate will ultimately be decided by Judge Masipa who will be assisted by two assessors.
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