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  • 3 March 2014, 9:58

Steenkamp's Mother Faces Pistorius In Court

The mother of Reeva Steenkamp has said she wants to "force" Oscar Pistorius to look at her as she meets him for the first time at his trial.

Today is the first time June Steenkamp comes face-to-face with the Paralympic and Olympic sprinter who is accused of murdering her daughter.

The 67-year-old said she wants to confront Pistorius on the first day of the proceedings.

"I want to look at Oscar, really look him in the eyes, and see for myself the truth about what he did to Reeva, and whatever the court decides at the end of his trial, I will be ready to forgive him," she told the Mail.

"But first I want to force him to look at me, Reeva's mother, and see the pain and anguish he has inflicted on me.

"I feel I need that."

Last month, Ms Steenkamp's family said they were looking for "closure".

Pistorius, 27, had been dating 29-year-old Ms Steenkamp for a few months before he killed her by firing four shots through the bathroom door of his upmarket Pretoria home on Valentine's Day last year.

The double amputee has admitted shooting the model and reality TV star but claims says he shot her accidentally, mistaking her for a burglar.

However, prosecutors say he had a heated row with his girlfriend in the hours before the shooting - with several witnesses claiming to have heard the couple arguing.

On the anniversary of her death last month, Pistorius issued a statement saying he was "consumed with sorrow" over the loss of Ms Steenkamp.

"No words can adequately capture my feelings about the devastating accident that has caused such heartache for everyone who truly loved - and continues to love Reeva," he said on his website.

"The pain and sadness, especially for Reeva's parents, family and friends consumes me with sorrow.

"The loss of Reeva and the complete trauma of that day, I will carry with me for the rest of my life."

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