I never shouted at Reeva - Oscar

2014-04-10 12:01
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Pretoria - Murder-accused Oscar Pistorius was asked on Thursday to explain why his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp sent him a text message saying she was scared of him.

"Why would she be scared?" asked prosecutor Gerrie Nel, referring to an extract of a WhatsApp message she sent after an incident at a friend's engagement party.

"I am scared of u sometimes and how you snap at me and how u will react to me," wrote Steenkamp, according to evidence already presented in the North Gauteng High Court.

"She's scared of the feelings she had for me... she's obviously scared of the way I react to feeling she has sometimes," said Pistorius.

Nel asked if he had ever shouted at her.

"No, I never shouted and screamed at her," said Pistorius.

Later, he said Steenkamp was never scared of him.

"No, My Lady, Reeva was never scared of me, My Lady," Pistorius said, replying to a question from Nel.

In one WhatsApp message she said she was sometimes scared of him and that he snapped at her. Pistorius said he may have snapped at her but he had never shouted or screamed at her.

Taylor testimony

He was immediately taken to task over testimony by his former girlfriend Samantha Taylor who said there was a lot of "commotion" in their relationship and he denied shouting at her too.

He said he only shouted at her friend for bad behaviour at a party and accused her of lying.

"I did hear many things in Ms Taylor's evidence that were lies, so I don't think Mr Roux could keep up."

Nel wanted to know why he did not ask his counsel Barry Roux SC to question Taylor on this in one of the many notes he was seen passing up to the defence when she was testifying.

"If it was true, Mr Roux would have cross-examined her up and down," said Nel.

'Didn't care' about Reeva

Nel earlier stated that Pistorius never cared about the feelings of Steenkamp. He was undertaking a line-by-line examination of WhatsApp messages Steenkamp sent to Pistorius in early 2013, weeks before he shot her dead. He is on trial for murder.

"I'm the girl who fell in love with you and wanted to tell you this weekend," Nel quoted one of her messages.

He asked Pistorius during cross-examination why he did not reply to this.

"Wasn't that a significant event in your relationship? Why didn't you deal with that? You didn't care," Nel said, answering his own question.

"Because it's all about Mr Pistorius. That's what your relationship was about," he said, continuing his line of argument that the athlete was selfish and often blamed her for things that annoyed him.

"When I read that message I was extremely upset. It was the first time that she had mentioned love to me," Pistorius replied.

Nel continued to another message: "I get snapped at and told my accent and voices are annoying."

"What was that about?" asked Nel.

Pistorius paused for several seconds before replying that he was discussing a house he wanted to buy in Johannesburg.

"She was talking in an accent the whole time and it annoyed me," he said.

Selfish

Nel again accused him of being selfish.

"I, Oscar was talking about my house and it's important to me that she listens to me... It's again about me, Oscar Pistorius."

Earlier, Nel also sought to portray Pistorius as being self-centred.

"Thank you Mr Pistorius I've now got three I's. I had training. I had to go to lunch. I had plans," Nel told Pistorius during his cross-examination of the murder accused.

He was analysing a WhatsApp message Steenkamp sent to Pistorius after the couple had attend the engagement party of their mutual friend Darren Fresco.

In her message she mentions that he accused her of flirting with someone else, and said he "made a scene at the table".

Pistorius said he had to leave the party early as he had training the next day.

"She knew that I had training... I didn't know that she wanted to stay longer," Pistorius said.

Nel replied: "It's all about I. It's all about Mr Pistorius."

Pistorius is accused of the murder of Steenkamp in his Pretoria townhouse on 14 February. He is also charged with contraventions of the Firearms Control Act.


- SAPA
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