Wednesday, 15 October 2014

# Africa News # Dup De Bruyn

Oscar Pistorius Sentencing Continues After Blood Money Claims Made

AFTER claims that ‘blood money’ was exchanged between Oscar Pistorius and the Steenkamps, the family’s lawyer has released a statement to clarify their position.

The statement was released by the family’s lawyer Dup De Bruyn just before the third day of sentencing submissions got underway.

It reveals that the family was “quite surprised” the claims emerged in court, when they were meant to be kept confidential.

Pistorius paid the parents of his slain girlfriend a monthly payment of $623 since her death and offered them an additional lump sum of $39,000 but this has now been rejected as “blood money”.

Details of the previously unknown monthly stipend, paid since March last year, and the one-off payment offer were revealed for the first time at the Blade Runner’s sentencing hearing yesterday.

The Steenkamp family had previously intended to sue Pistorius in a civil action as their daughter had provided for them financially and her death had made life difficult for them.
It later emerged that details of the payments had been kept secret at Pistorius’ request. And the Steenkamps no longer want or need the money and will now be repaying every cent to Pistorius.

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