Reeva’s parents had ‘no input’ on decision to appeal Pistorius sentence: lawyer

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Reeva Steenkamp’s parents were focusing their energy on the upcoming media launch of The Reeva Rebecca Steenkamp Foundation when the news broke that the state would appeal the “shockingly too lenient” six-year sentence imposed on Oscar Pistorius.

Barry Steenkamp and June Steenkamp. File photo. Image by: POOL / REUTERS
Barry Steenkamp and June Steenkamp. File photo.
Image by: POOL / REUTERS

June and Barry Steenkamp’s lawyer‚ Tania Koen‚ said on Thursday that the couple had no input on the decision by the state to appeal.

“June and Barry have always fully supported Gerrie Nel and his team’s fight for justice for Reeva‚” said Koen.

“As they have no input in the decision of the state to appeal‚ they are focusing their energy on the upcoming official media launch of The Reeva Rebecca Steenkamp Foundation on 19 August 2016‚ on what would have been Reeva’s 33rd birthday

“Reeva was killed on the same morning she was due to deliver a speech against the abuse of woman‚ at a school in Johannesburg‚” Koen said of Valentine’s Day 2013‚ when Pistorius murdered her.

“June strives to be Reeva’s voice and continue Reeva’s passion in educating and empowering victims of domestic violence and abuse.”

In a statement released on Thursday‚ the National Prosecuting Authority said that the sentence of six years’ imprisonment handed down by Pretoria High Court Judge Thokozile Masipa was “shockingly too lenient and has accordingly resulted in an injustice and has the potential to bring the administration of justice into disrepute”.

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