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'How can you sleep at night?' Pistorius accused of aiming sinister remark at witness

Published 06/05/2014 | 15:52

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Kim Myers was one of Ms Steenkamp's closest friends

Oscar Pistorius was accused of approaching Reeva Steenkamp's close friend in a "sinister tone" during a break in court as his murder trial continues.

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Kim Myers, one of Ms Steenkamp's closest friend and the sister of Gina Myers, the model's best friend, claimed the athlete approached her and whispered: "How can you sleep at night?" in a "sinister" tone.

Her lawyer, Ian Levitt, told reporters in Pretoria: "My client Kim Myers was approached by Oscar Pistorius in court today and, in a very sinister tone, was asked: 'How can you sleep at night?'"

He added: "My client views this unwelcome approach as extremely disturbing and I have been in contact with the NPA (South Africa's National Prosecuting Authority."

The athlete's lawyer, Brian Webber, denied the incident took place, adding: "I'm not even going to dignify that with a comment. It's grossly untrue. He never said anything of the sort."

Ms Myers' lawyer insisted Pistorius approached his client in court and claimed the athlete made the comment "in the presence of some witnesses, so his denial is obviously a lie".

Ms Steenkamp was very close to the Myers family and moved into their Johannesburg home after leaving her hometown of Port Elizabeth in South Africa.

Pistorius is accused of murdering his girlfriend following a domestic dispute in the early hours of Valentine's Day last year. He claims he shot and killed his girlfriend in a case of mistaken identity, thinking she was an intruder.

South Africa does not have trial by jury, meaning Judge Thokozile Masipa will decide Pistorius' fate with the help of two assessors.

The murder trial continues.

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