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‘Oscar does not want money back’ - Barry Roux

By Tai Chishakwe - Oct 15, 2014
‘Oscar does not want money back’ - Barry Roux

Oscar Pistorius does not want the money he gave to the family of his late girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, back as it was paid unconditionally, his lawyer told the High Court in Pretoria on Wednesday.

“The money was paid unconditionally, with no conditions attached,” Barry Roux, for Pistorius, said.

“Mr Pistorius does not want it back.”

Roux said the money was paid to the Steenkamps to use as they needed after they indicated that they were suffering financially after the death of their daughter.

He was responding to a statement from Steenkamp's parents June and Barry, through their lawyer Dup de Bruyn, that they would pay back the R6 000 a month they had received from the Paralympian over the last 18 months from March 2013.

Roux said Pistorius sold his car for R375 000 and wanted to give the money to the Steenkamps.

He said the Steenkamps would pay back the money once arrangements could be made.

On Tuesday, prosecutor Gerrie Nel told the court June Steenkamp had rejected the R375 000 as “blood money”.

“She rejects that, she doesn't want blood money,” Nel told probation officer and social worker Annette Vergeer during cross-examination.