Reeva Steenkemp's mother has forgvien Oscar Pistorius

June Steenkamp says she doesn't hate the paralympian - who fatally shot her daughter, 29, through a closed toilet cubicle in his home in Pretoria, South Africa in the early hours of February 14 last year - but believes she won't rest until a verdict has been reached.

She told Britain's Hello! magazine: ''I don't hate Oscar. I've forgiven him. I have to, that's my religion. But I am determined to face him and reclaim my daughter.

''It's important for him to know that I'm there, that Reeva's mother who gave birth to her and loved her, is there for her.

''I feel her presence and talk to her all the time.''

June added that her faith has helped her through the traumatic trial and just wants to discover the truth about what happened to her daughter.

She said: ''I trust that god will prevail and justice will be done. All we want is the truth.''

The 27-year-old athlete - who was recently ruled fit to stand trial following a month of psychological assessments - has denied deliberately murdering the model, insisting he acted in self-defence in the mistaken belief she was an intruder.

If found guilty of murder, Pistorius could face life in jail, or 15 years in prison if the court finds him guilty of the lesser charge of culpable homicide.