Saturday 29 November 2014

'I'm scared of you' – Reeva's text to Pistorius

Aislinn Laing Pretoria

Published 25/03/2014 | 02:30

Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius (L) leaves after his trial for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, March 24, 2014. Photo: Reuters.
Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius (L) leaves after his trial for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, March 24, 2014. Photo: Reuters.
Reeva Steenkamp's mother June (L) leaves after the trial of Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria March 24, 2014. Photo: Reuters.
June Steenkamp, mother of Reeva Steenkamp, waits for proceedings to begin yesterday in the trial of Oscar Pistorius for the murder of her daughter
Oscar Pistorius talks to his defence lawyer Barry Roux before proceedings at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa (AP)

Reeva Steenkamp, the South African model shot dead by Oscar Pistorius, sent a message to the athlete claiming she was "scared" of him less than a month before he killed her.

She complained that Pistorius repeatedly snapped at her, threw "tantrums" and was prone to jealousy, accusing her of flirting with a friend's husband at a party.

In a message on WhatsApp – an instant messaging service – sent to his mobile phone a week before she died, Steenkamp (29) wrote of how she was upset after he shouted at her in public at a sports awards ceremony.

"I can't be attacked by outsiders for dating u AND be attacked by you, the one person I deserve protection from," she said.

The messages paint a picture of an intense and passionate relationship that was blighted by conflicts, seemingly created by Pistorius (27).

They were read out in court on day 14 of his trial for the premeditated murder of Ms Steenkamp, a law graduate and 'FHM' model. He claims he shot at her four times through the locked lavatory door of his Pretoria home believing she was an intruder. Prosecutors contend that he did so after the couple had a row.

Capt Francois Moller, the police expert who retrieved text messages from the couple's iPhones, said he looked at more than 1,000 messages between them of which he estimated 90pc were "normal and loving conversations".

As he heard their last communications read out in court, tears rolled down the sprinter's cheeks. Just feet away, his victim's mother, June Steenkamp, sat stoney-faced.

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Pistorius, the court heard, referred to his girlfriend in messages as "Angel" and she to him as "Ozzy" or "Baba".

Ms Steenkamp wrote several times of her frustration about the relationship being a "struggle". She told the athlete: "You make me happy 90pc of the time and I think we are amazing together."

But she also detailed how he picked on her "incessantly". "I'm scared of u sometimes and how u snap at me and of how u will react to me," she wrote.

Pistorius replied that he didn't want "to have anything less than amazing for you and I... I'm sorry for the things I say without thinking and for taking offence to some of your actions".

Steenkamp concluded that she just wanted "to love and be loved" but that she was "certainly very unhappy and sad".

The case continues. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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