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Reeva's mum: Oscar didn't look at me as he entered court

The mother of Reeva Steenkamp has spoken of the moment she saw Oscar Pistorius - the man accused of murdering her daughter - in court at the start of his trial in Pretoria.

June Steenkamp told ITV News' Africa Correspondent Rohit Kachroo she wanted the Paralympic athlete to see her in court but he "just walked straight and looked ahead".

The highly-anticipated trial of Pistorius began yesterday with the six-time sprint champion pleading not guilty of murdering his girlfriend.

Pistorius faces murder charges after killing his girlfriend, 29-year-old model Reeva , on Valentine's Day last year.

The double amputee, known around the world as the "Blade Runner", argues that Ms Steenkamp's death was a tragic accident after he mistook her for an intruder hiding in the toilet.

June Steenkamp looks on as Oscar Pistorius enters the courtroom. Credit: RTV

Mrs Steenkamp explained how her husband Barry was unable to attend the opening of Pistorius' trial, as he recently suffered a stroke due to stress and has been left "devastated" by Reeva's death.

Mrs Steenkamp said: "He could have never been there today. He would have probably collapsed, maybe had another stroke."

The mother added: "We just want the truth. We just want to know the truth. If it will come out, we don't know. What are my expectations? I just expect the truth to come out. I'm hoping the truth will come out. Whatever it may be."

Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp. Credit: Press Assocation

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