Oscar Pistorius set for showdown talks with parents of murdered girlfriend

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Oscar Pistorius is set to have showdown talks with the parents of his murdered girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, as he continues his bid for parole.

The South African athlete is halfway through serving a 13-year sentence for shooting Steenkamp dead at his home in Pretoria, South Africa on Valentine's Day in 2013.

He has been eligible for parole since July, but Steenkamp's parents, Barry and June, had been told he would not be released until March 2023 at the earliest.

Their planned showdown talks come after Pistorius wrote a "distressing" letter to Barry and June as he began the parole process.

Also as part of the parole process, Steenkamp's parents have been asked by the South African prison service to meet with Pistorius before his release and are understood to be willing to do so.

Their lawyer, Tania Koen, told the Mirror that while the "victim-offender dialogue" is not compulsory for the family of the victim, Barry and June are prepared to partake.

"Yes, they want to do that face to face," explained Koen.

“Barry has said for years he wants to meet Oscar and he has questions to ask. They are not emotionally prepared, but are prepared to meet Oscar.

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“They accept the day will come when Oscar will be eligible for parole and they would give their input.”

Despite this, however, she also revealed that Barry and June Steenkamp are upset at how Pistorius' parole bid has been handled.

“What was also very upsetting was the disregard for their emotional wellbeing," she added.

“They had to find out the parole board had already convened a date for parole and never advised them about it.

“The proper procedure was not followed.”

Pistorius, who is a double amputee, is a six-time Paralympic gold medallist and the first athlete to compete at the Olympics running on 'blades'.

He was originally found guilty of culpable homicide for the murder of Steenkamp, having claimed that he thought she was an intruder when he shot her.

This led to him being released from prison in 2015, however, his conviction was changed to murder a year later meaning he had to return to jail, where he has remained since.

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