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Mother of Reeva Steenkamp shocked over Paddy Power offering odds on trial

June said Reeva’s bags were packed to go on the night she was shot.

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THE MOTHER OF Reeva Steenkamp described Paddy Power offering odds on the outcome of the Oscar Pistorius murder trial as ‘almost improper’.

When asked about the bookmakers action June Steenkamp said, “This is news to me, it’s almost improper isn’t it – to have that kind of thing going on.”

Speaking on Today with Sean O’Rourke she explained how she was told about her daughter’s death by police over the phone.

“He said there’s been an accident and your daughter has been shot. He told me he was very sorry but she passed away.

June said she had never heard of Oscar Pistorius before her daughter started seeing him because she has no interest in sport.

“My only regret today is that I didn’t find out more. I think he tried to control her.

Reeva always wanted to help people. The morning she died she was supposed to go to a school to speak to young teenage girls to say you don’t have to be treated badly and that you can speak- you have a voice.

Two days after she died a reality TV show that featured Reeva was aired. June said she was asked if she wanted it to go ahead and she did.

I wanted to see her alive. It was amazing to see her swimming with the dolphins and laughing. It was like she came back somehow.

Speaking about her daughter’s relationship with Oscar, June said “Reeva was telling me they were fighting all the time. Her bags were packed to go and I think something went horribly wrong that night.”

She said she’s not satisfied with what came out in court about the night her daughter died. “I don’t get the whole picture, I’m not settled with the whole picture.”

A South African judge today delayed a ruling on whether to allow the prosecution to appeal against Oscar Pistorius’s five-year prison sentence for killing his girlfriend, saying she needed more time.

June Steenkamp told Sean O’Rourke this morning:

The only thing I got was the satisfaction of him going down those steps and being handcuffed and then taken straight to jail and all his privileges taken away from him and then he will realize he can’t go around shooting people.

However, Pistorius has been accused of receiving special treatment in South Africa’s notoriously corrupt prisons, where there are frequent reports of inmates using cellphones and even drinking alcohol.

June also spoke about how she was given two months notice to leave her house after her landlord read that the Steenkamp’s had no money.

The lady in the question was at the funeral and a week later she gave us two months notice because she read in the newspaper that we didn’t have money – which was true.

“It was not easy but some people are like that.”

 Read: Oscar Pistorius jailed for 5 years for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp> 

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