Reeva Steenkamp parents: We don't want vengeance against Oscar Pistorius

Barry and June Steenkamp Credit: Good Morning Britain/ITV

Reeva Steenkamp's parents have told Good Morning Britain they do not "want vengeance" from Oscar Pistorius for the killing of their daughter.

In a world exclusive, June Steenkamp said they were "settled" with the sentence handed down to him and did not wish for the Paralympian athlete to "suffer with his disabilities".

However, she was adamant the sprinter should spend some time in prison to learn the consequences of his actions.

Watch the full interview on the Good Morning Britain website

Reeva's mother said the only time their daughter was "made visible" during the trial was when her niece, Kim Martin, took to the stand to explain how much the family had lost.

Reeva Steenkamp was shot through a locked bathroom door at Pistoruis' luxury Pretoria home on Valentine's day last year.

She was hit in the hip, arm and head by three of the four dum dum bullets Pistorius fired from his 9mm pistol, sustaining what Judge Thokozile Masipa called "catastrophic" injuries.

The 27-year-old former sprinter was given a five year sentence for culpable homicide, and a suspended three year sentence for a firearms charge.

His defence team are hopeful the athlete will only have to spend 10 months behind bars before he is allowed to serve the rest of his sentence under house arrest.

However, both Barry and June said they did not believe Pistorius' explanation that he killed Reeva in a tragic accident.

Reeva's father Barry said they both knew "very little about the relationship" but felt their daughter would have eventually talked to them about it.

The law graduate had said she was "sometimes afraid" of her boyfriend in a WhatsApp message sent to Pistorius three weeks before her death.

"I'm scared of you sometimes, of how you snap at me," the South African model told Pistorius in a long chat message.

Pistorius would suffer "more mental pain" in prison and he had "lost everything", Reeva's mother said.

While Barry and June said the agony of their daughter's death would never leave them, June said she had forgiven Pistorius.