On Friday (12 September), Oscar Pistorius was found guilty of culpable homicide, the equivalent of manslaughter in the UK, after he fatally shot his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine’s Day in 2013.
A sentence of life in prison is now off the table, but the former Olympic and Paralympic athlete could still face up to 15 years behind bars.
However, those facts have brought little relief to the Steenkamp family, not least to the late model’s British brother Adam Steenkamp, 39, who believes that Pistorius effectively "got away with murder" and denounced the sportsman’s testimony in court as a "grotesque pantomime".
"In my heart I know he has got away with it. He has got away with murder," he told the Mail on Sunday. "I don’t understand the logic of acquitting someone of murder who fires four rounds into a very small toilet cubicle. It is not the action of someone not intending to kill."
Oscar Pistorius: Career in pictures
Oscar Pistorius: Career in pictures
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Oscar Pistorius wins the 200m T44 for Men during the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Athens, 2004
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Oscar Pistorius at the Olympic Stadium in Athens, 2004
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Oscar Pistorius celebrates winning his second gold medal during the VISA Paralympic World Cup Athletics at the Sport City Stadium in Manchester, 2006
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Oscar Pistorius shows his gold medal after winning the T44 200 m for men at the Visa Paralympic world cup at the Manchester Regional Arena, 2007
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Oscar Pistorius competing in the men's 400m race B, 2007
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Oscar Pistorius settles in the blocks before winning the Mens 400m 'B' race during the IAAF Golden Gala at The Olympic Stadium in Rome, 2007
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Oscar Pistorius poses during the broadcast 'Piazza grande' on Italian TV state channel 'Rai 1' in Rome, 2008
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(L to R) Bryan Habana, Cuba Gooding Jr and Oscar Pistorius during the Laureus welcome reception at Gimnazya in St.Petersburg, 2008
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Oscar Pistorius arrives at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne to appeal his case on the second day of his hearing as he was told by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) that he could not compete in their events because the artificial legs he uses gives him an unfair advantage, 2008
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Oscar Pistorius runs during a training session on the track of Emmeloord, 2008
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Oscar Pistorius compete during the 400 meter race at the German disabled athletics championships in Berlin, 2008
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Oscar Pistorius of South Africa relaxes prior to the 400m race in his quest to make the Olympic qualifying time of 45.55 during the Notturna di Milano International Athletics Meeting at the Arena Gianni Brera in Milan, 2008
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Oscar Pistorius speaks at a press conference for the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games in Beijing, 2008
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Oscar Pistorius of South Africa celebrates after winning the gold medal in the Men's 100m T44 Final Athletics event at the National Stadium during day three of the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, 2008
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Oscar Pistorious (L) leads Heros Marai (C) of Italy and Christoph Bausch (R) of Switzerland in the heats of the men's 100 metre T44 classification race at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games in Beijing, 2008
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Oscar Pistorius and former South African President, Nelson Mandela in South Africa, 2009
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Oscar Pistorius looks on prior to the 400m B-final during the IAAF Golden League Bislett Games in Oslo, 2009
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Oscar Pistorius reacts after winning the men's 400 metres T44 final race with a new world record time of 47.04 sec during the Diamond League athletics meeting at Crystal Palace in London, 2010
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Oscar Pistorius of South Africa celebrates receiving his gold medal after winning the Men's 200m T44 final during day three of the IPC Athletics Championships at QE II Park in Christchurch, New Zealand, 2011
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(L-R) Arnu Fourie, Henry Roos, Oscar Pistorius and Mike Samkelo Radebe of South Africa celebrate after winning the Men's 4x100m Relay T42-46 final during day eight of the IPC Athletics Championships at QE II Park in Christchurch, New Zealand, 2011
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Oscar Pistorius of South Africa poses with his medals during day eight of the IPC Athletics Championships at QE II Park in Christchurch, New Zealand, 2011
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Oscar Pistorius in action during the 400m during day 5 of The Nedbank National Championships for the Physically Disabled from Olympia Park Stadium in Rustenburg, 2011
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Oscar Pistorius warms up before the men's 400m event at the Zlata Tretra (Golden Spike) athletics meeting in the eastern Czech city of Ostrava, 2011
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Oscar Pistorius attends the Eva Mendes launch of her new campaign for Angel by Thierry Mugler at IAC Building in New York, 2011
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Oscar Pistorius of South Africa speaks with Olympic gold medalist Michael Johnson of the United States during a media gathering at the Novatel Hotel prior to the 13th IAAF World Athletics Championships Daegu 2011 in Daegu, South Korea, 2011
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Oscar Pistorius prepares to settle into the blocks to compete in the men's 400 metres heats at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships in Daegu, 2011
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South African sprint runner known as 'Blade Runner' Oscar Pistorius (C) poses for photographers with Paralympians ahead of the international Paralympic Day in central London, 2011
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Oscar Pistorius poses in the press room with his Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability trophy at the 2012 Laureus World Sports Awards at Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London, 2012
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Oscar Pistorius of South Africa competes in the Men's 400m Round 1 heat on Day 8 of the 2012 London Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in London, 2012
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Oscar Pistorius holds his scroll after receiving his honorary doctorate from Strathclyde University in the Barony Hall in Glasgow, 2012
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Oscar Pistorius posing next to his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at Melrose Arch in Johannesburg, 2013
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Oscar Pistorius hides his face in his hands in the court room during his hearing on charge of murdering his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at the Magistrate Court in Pretoria, 2013
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Oscar Pistorius stands in the Magistrate Court in Pretoria after appearing for the first time since being freed on bail over the Valentine's Day killing of his model girlfriend, 2013
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Oscar Pistorius appeared on charges of murdering his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, 2013
The rest of his family, however, including his father, have remained calm and solemn throughout the judicial process.
"You try not to be too angry because that seems the wrong thing to do. We are looking for the positives and what can come out of this and make things better instead of worse.
"This case in a very strange way has opened a window into people’s lives in South Africa, the way they feel they need to defend themselves with extreme force. People need to think about this."
His parents divorced when he was three and Adam moved to England in his teens. He told the Mail he kept in close contact with June (his father’s second wife and Reeva’s mother) and his father Barry. Barry, he said, had suffered a stroke and visibly aged during the traumatic 18 months since Reeva’s death.
Speaking of Barry’s reaction to the verdict, he said: "He was still in Pretoria surrounded by friends and family. I asked him how he was and he just said, ‘I’m OK’.
"He is such a strong man, he can hold up. But it has broken quite a large part of his heart."
He went on to describe the athlete as a broken man, and one who he felt, echoing the words of Judge Thokozile Masipa, was a poor witness on the stand.
"The world was watching," he said. "We were not fooled. The man was scared and that is understandable. I am sure what was on his mind was that he was going away for the most useful years of his life."
"When I saw him vomiting and crying I just thought, ‘Man up. Man up.’
"Our tears are a lot more real, they are heavier. Crying about his lot wasn’t going to change anything. He is a man and it was time for him to stand up and take it on the chin. It was disappointing to see him not do that. It looked like he was acting.
"The very least one could accept is the verdict of culpable homicide. It would have been crazy if he had walked free having killed someone."
Questioned over what he would ask Pistorius if he was granted access to the athlete, he told the publication he would say: "What happened? How on earth could you have such a failing, and a capacity to do something like this?
"There can only be two reasons: absolute intent or a bad mistake. It is very hard to speak your mind when there is a judge up there – and the judge is there for a reason.
"I wouldn’t argue that the law hasn’t been applied but maybe the law is out of touch with reality, especially in that country."
Adam had been looking forward to a visit from Reeva to the home he shares in Suffolk, England with his partner and two young children.
"We had a wonderful connection and missed each other incredibly in the times between seeing each other," he said.
Becoming tearful, he later described being asked to scatter his sister’s ashes over the Indian Ocean.
"It was very humbling. I didn’t ask to. It was given to me to do and in a way I felt I was supporting my dad and June.
"They were so distraught and I was very touched and quietly supporting them. When I scattered the ashes into the sea I was thinking, ‘See you again, Reeva.’"
Pistorius was released on bail until the 13 October, when his sentence will be delivered.Reuse content