'Why didn't he just let her walk away?' Reeva Steenkamp's devastated parents reveal the model 'had her bags packed' the night Oscar Pistorius killed her... as he considers appealing his parole reversal

  • Reeva Steenkamp was killed by Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius in 2013
  • He was due to be released ten months into five-year sentence last Friday
  • South Africa's Department of Justice have put that on hold for time being 
  • Her family revealed their heartbreak in an emotional television interview
  • Reeva's father Barry said the truth was not revealed in court  

The heartbroken parents of Reeva Steenkamp have revealed the beautiful model packed her bags and was ready to leave Oscar Pistorius the day he shot and killed her.

Speaking in a new TV interview, Barry and June Steenkamp said justice had not been served for 29-year-old Reeva, who died three years ago when Pistorious shot her four times through a bathroom door at his home in Pretoria, South Africa.

'He killed her. He admits he killed her,' Ms Steenkamp said as she questioned the South African justice system during an emotionally charged interview with Channel Seven's Sunday Night. 

Barry Steenkamp, father of Reeva Steenkamp, is consoled by his wife June Steenkamp during the sentencing hearing of Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius in October 

Barry Steenkamp, father of Reeva Steenkamp, is consoled by his wife June Steenkamp during the sentencing hearing of Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius in October 

'She is dead after [Pistorius made] sure she was dead. Why didn't he just let her walk away?' 

While Pistorius admitted killing Steenkamp, he claims he acted in self defence, believing his girlfriend was in fact an intruder.

The athlete was acquitted of murdering the aspiring model but was convicted of a lesser charge of culpable homicide, which is comparable to manslaughter.

The emotional interview comes as the Paralympic champion was expecting to be reunited with his family after serving just 10 months of his five-year sentence.

Two days before his scheduled release, the South African justice minister ruled that the decision was made 'prematurely' and the 'Bladerunner' was denied parole.  

Deceased: On Valentine's Day 2013, Ms Steenkamp (left) was shot four times Oscar Pistorius (right), who said he believed she was an intruder hiding in the bathroom

Deceased: On Valentine's Day 2013, Ms Steenkamp (left) was shot four times Oscar Pistorius (right), who said he believed she was an intruder hiding in the bathroom

While the Steenkamp family can momentarily take solace in knowing that Pistorius is still behind bars, the couple said they will not find peace until the justice system recognises that something more sinister happened the night their vivacious daughter was killed. 

'What actually came out in court is not the truth,' he told Channel Seven's Sunday Night program. 

'We know what we heard there is not right.' 

Mr Steenkamp said he is certain that Pistorius, a double amputee and the only disabled athlete to compete in the Olympic Games, unloaded his gun in a deliberate attempt to kill his daughter.

'People actually heard the screams and when he realised that had happened he couldn't stop. He had to carry on until it was finished.' 

Pistorius still faces an appeal at the Supreme Court in November, when prosecutors will again press for a murder conviction and a minimum jail sentence of 15 years.

'We will leave it to the justice system,' Mr Steenkamp said. 

Memory: Reeva Steenkamp's family has released a picture of their deceased daughter as a 14-year-old brunette (pictured) on what would have been her 32nd birthday

Memory: Reeva Steenkamp's family has released a picture of their deceased daughter as a 14-year-old brunette (pictured) on what would have been her 32nd birthday

Dark day: Paralympic athlete Pistorius (right) was found guilty of the culpable homicide - or manslaughter - of Reeva Steenkamp (left)

Dark day: Paralympic athlete Pistorius (right) was found guilty of the culpable homicide - or manslaughter - of Reeva Steenkamp (left)

'It is not finished - not finished I feel by a long way - and I can only give you my feelings after the final verdict,' he told Sunday Night.

The still-grieving father said that while the couple often talk about forgiveness, it is difficult to tell if the outcome of the appeal will take any of the pain away.

'If the outcome is going to be a longer sentence, are we going to feel better? I don't know,' he said.

'All we want is the truth to come out in the real justice side of the whole scenario.'

Pistorius has attempted to make contact with the Steenkamp family, but neither Barry or June are ready to face the man who they say ripped their daughter's bright future away. 

Ms Steenkamp admitted that it was extremely 'hard' to see Pistorius during the trial, however she said that one day, she intends to look him straight in the eyes so she can tell him exactly how his actions impacted her family.

Pistorius has attempted to make contact with the Steenkamp family, but neither Barry or June are ready to face the man who took their daughter's life

Pistorius has attempted to make contact with the Steenkamp family, but neither Barry or June are ready to face the man who took their daughter's life

You've taken her life, her possible marriage, or having a baby - our grandchild,' Ms Steenkamp said 

You've taken her life, her possible marriage, or having a baby - our grandchild,' Ms Steenkamp said 

'All I want you to realise is that you have ruined our lives. You've taken her life, her possible marriage, or having a baby - our grandchild,' she said. 

'You've taken her career away... You've taken the most precious thing out of our lives.' 

Last week the Steenkamp family marked what would have been the model's 32nd birthday by releasing a poignant photo of their beloved daughter as a 14-year-old girl. 

Family friends joined the Steenkamp family to scatter rose petals into the sea at Summerstrand, a beach near their home in the South African coastal city of Port Elizabeth. 

Despite the shamed athlete's impending and early release from prison, Reeva's family were determined that the day should be about her.  

Family friends joined the Steenkamp family to scatter rose petals into the sea at Summerstrand, a beach near their home in the South African coastal city of Port Elizabeth

Family friends joined the Steenkamp family to scatter rose petals into the sea at Summerstrand, a beach near their home in the South African coastal city of Port Elizabeth

Despite the shamed athlete's impending early release from prison, Reeva's family were determined that they celebrate what would have been Reeva's 32nd birthday last week

Despite the shamed athlete's impending early release from prison, Reeva's family were determined that they celebrate what would have been Reeva's 32nd birthday last week

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