JOHANNESBURG - Oscar Pistorius's family came out today saying that the Paralympic star and his deceased girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp were planning a future together.
This emerged in a statement reportedly read by Pistorius's uncle Arnold, a day after Pistorius appeared in the Pretoria Magistrates Court for shooting Steenkamp to death at his Pretoria home on Thursday.
His family said they had gotten to know Steenkamp well over the last few months.
Pistorius also said that the family will stand by him and they were convinced the murder allegation had no substance.
The state yesterday indicated that it planned to argue a case of premeditated murder against the Paralympian.
ALLEGED PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT
Police and prosecuting authorities had to defend their handling of Pistorius, as questions about the athlete receiving special treatment were raised.
Procedure was questioned after Pistorius was seen sitting in the back seat of a police van as opposed to the cab section when he arrived at court yesterday.
The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said Pistorius was not receiving special treatment by being placed at the Brooklyn Police Station until his next court appearance on Tuesday.
The NPA said the request was made by his legal defence team to allow them the flexibility to consult with him, as they would not be able to do so if he were at a correctional facility.
Police spokesperson Neville Malila said, “We are currently investigating that. Most probably one of the reasons would be his disability.”
Pistorius’s bail application will continue on Tuesday, the same day as the memorial service for Steenkamp
REEVA STEENKAMP MEMORIAL
Steenkamp’s body is set to be flown back to Port Elizabeth in time for a memorial service on Tuesday.
The private service will see the model’s friends and family pay their last respects.