Reeva Steenkamp had a blooming profession that was halted in its tracks by her tragic demise (Image: AP)
The tragedy of Reeva Steenkamp’s demise by the hands of Oscar Pistorius was one of many greatest homicide circumstances on this planet by means of the 2010s.
A mannequin and presenter killed in her prime, Reeva was simply 29 when she died.
The Trials Of Oscar Pistorius, a brand new four-part BBC documentary on the case, begins tonight, and has already caused backlash for not mentioning Reeva at all in its trailer.
Her mother added she was ‘disturbed’ by news that the movie was made, calling it an ‘insult to her daughter’s reminiscence’.
However the filmmaker insists he goals to ‘give extra context’ to the story, and options interviews performed with a number of people described by the BBC as being ‘closest to the case’.
Within the meantime, we take a contemporary have a look at the sufferer’s all-too-short life, and the adversity she managed to beat.
The mannequin and actress had overcome a damaged again to proceed modelling and presenting (Image: Getty)
Who was Reeva Steenkamp?
Reeva Steenkamp was born in August 1983 to oldsters Barry and June Steenkamp, and raised in Port Elizabeth, South Africa along with her two half-siblings.
Barry was a horse coach, and it was by means of him that she found her love of horse-riding, one thing she would proceed to do for a pastime till her 20s, when she broke her again in an accident.
Reeva was an informed girl, working as a professional paralegal after finishing her regulation diploma at College of Port Elizabeth in 2005.
She had aspirations of changing into a full-time authorized advocate, and utilized to the Bar in 2011.
Whereas she was engaged on constructing her regulation profession, she additionally modelled, changing into the primary South African face of Avon, and showing in magazines together with FHM and adverts for manufacturers together with Toyota.
Reeva later tried presenting at a neighborhood channel FashionTV, and have become a daily face on the get together circuit of Johannesburg, the place she met Springbok Rugby participant Francois Houggard, whom she began relationship.
In November 2012, she met Paralympic gold medallist Oscar Pistorius by means of a mutual good friend.
On the time, he was famed as The Blade Runner for his firstclass racing skills, regardless of having each legs amputated when he was only a child. As an alternative, he would run on specialised racing blades.
Reeva was murdered by boyfriend Oscar Pistorius (Image: AFP/Getty)
How did Reeva Steenkamp die?
Reeva was killed on February 14, 2013 – Valentine’s Day – at Oscar Pistorius’ house in South Africa. She was 29 years previous and had solely been relationship him for 3 months.
Reeva was in his bed room lavatory at round 3am when Pistorius began capturing by means of the door, killing her within the course of with three deadly photographs, together with one to her head.
Pistorius admitted that he fired the gun, however claimed he believed she was an intruder.
Within the quite a few trials that adopted, Pistorius was discovered not responsible of homicide, however responsible of ‘culpable murder’ in 2014, and served 10 months of a 5 yr sentence.
In December 2015, the Supreme Court docket overruled the decision, convicting him of homicide and sentencing him to 6 years in jail.
This was then prolonged to 13 years and 5 months in jail in November 2017, in accordance with the minimal South African sentence of 15 years, together with the earlier time he had spent in jail.
He’s eligible for parole in 2023.
The Trials Of Oscar Pistorius airs tonight at 9.10pm on BBC Two.