Sunday 15 December 2019

Pistorius posts Bible quotes on Twitter as he awaits verdict

Oscar Pistorius: on trial charged with murder. Photo: AP
Oscar Pistorius: on trial charged with murder. Photo: AP

Aislinn Laing

OSCAR Pistorius, the Paralympian accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year, has broken his silence to post quotations from the Bible and pictures of himself with disabled children on Twitter as he awaits a verdict in his trial.

Pistorius (27) is accused of shooting dead the model and law graduate (29) through a locked bathroom door at his Pretoria home after an argument. He maintains that he killed her accidentally, thinking she was an intruder.

On Sunday, the athlete appears to have posted a series of messages on his Twitter account @OscarPistorius, which has been dormant for five months. In the message he quoted a survivor of the Auschwitz concentration camp who finds solace in a picture of his "beloved", and posted a collage of pictures of himself with disabled children with a message that read: "You have the ability to make a difference in someone's life."

The purpose of the messages is unknown, and the identity of the poster is uncertain. Twitter accounts belonging to the Pistorius family have previously been hacked. But they tie in with Pistorius' defence strategy, which has sought to portray him as deeply religious and someone who has contributed to society.

Pistorius has also told how he has been left broken-hearted by Ms Steenkamp's death, a sentiment which is apparent in the messages posted.

The first tweet was an image of a section from Psalms 34:18, reading: "The Lord is close to the brokenhearted."

Another was a picture of an excerpt from Viktor Frankl's memoirs of the Holocaust. It read: "In a position of utter desolation, when man cannot express himself in positive action, when his only achievement may consist of ending his sufferings in the right way – an honourable way – in such a position a man can, through loving contemplation of the image he carries of his beloved, achieve fulfilment." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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