Oscar opened Reeva's gift 5 months later

2014-04-08 14:04
Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp pictured at the 2012 Feather Awards.

Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp pictured at the 2012 Feather Awards. (Lucky Nxumalo, AFP)

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Pretoria – An emotional Oscar Pistorius opened his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp's Valentine's Day present to him months after her death, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria heard on Tuesday.

When he came home to Steenkamp on the evening of 13 February 2013, her present for him was waiting on the kitchen counter, the Paralympian said to questioning by his lawyer Barry Roux.

"The card said Ozzie. Reeva told me I'm not allowed to open it until the next day, so I didn't open it."

As he began choking up with tears again, he struggled to continue.

"On her birthday on 8 August I opened it. It was a photo frame that she got made with four photos of her and I," he said, his voice trailing off.

Her birthday is in fact 19 August.

Court was adjourned briefly for Pistorius to change out of his suit into a white long-sleeved top and tight, black tracksuit pants.

Pistorius is accused of the murder of Steenkamp in his Pretoria townhouse in the early hours of 14 February last year.

He shot her through the locked door of his toilet, apparently thinking she was an intruder.

He is also charged with contravening the Firearms Control Act.

He allegedly fired a shot from a Glock pistol under a table at a Johannesburg restaurant in January 2013.

On 30 September 2012 he allegedly shot through the open sunroof of a car with his 9mm pistol while driving with friends in Modderfontein.

He has also pleaded not guilty to these two charges.

- SAPA
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