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Pistorius seeks settlement with Steenkamp family

Publish date: 20 August 2013
Issue Number: 3341
Diary: Legalbrief Today
Category: Litigation

Lawyers for Oscar Pistorius are trying to negotiate an out-of-court settlement with the parents of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, whom he killed on Valentine's Day, according to a report in The Times.

It says lawyers for Barry and June Steenkamp have been approached by the Pistorius camp over their impending multimillion-rand civil claim for loss of income and emotional distress. Steenkamp and her half-brother, Adam, had helped their pensioner parents financially, including with the rent on their home in Port Elizabeth. Pistorius' lawyers want to settle the lawsuit before the outcome of the criminal trial, in an attempt to reduce a possible payout. It is believed the Steenkamps are seeking an estimated R3m in damages, says the report. A Steenkamp family friend said the civil suit, though not entirely dependent on the criminal trial, would be strengthened if Pistorius was found to have killed Reeva deliberately. 'He has robbed her parents of an income. They barely survive. They depend heavily on other people,' the friend is quoted as saying. Full report in The Times