Reeva planned to cook for Oscar on day she died

2014-03-25 14:33

Reeva Steenkamp planned to cook for Oscar Pistorius on Valentine’s Day, less than a week before he shot and killed her on the same day.

“Baby can I cook for you on Thursday?” said a WhatsApp message from Steenkamp to Pistorius.

It was read into the court record by police cellphone expert, Francois Moller, today.

“I’d love that nunu,” was Pistorius’ response.

Moller was being cross-examined by Barry Roux, Pistorius’ lawyer, after testifying yesterday about a message in which Steenkamp told Pistorius: “I’m scared of you sometimes and how you snap at me”.

But Moller also testified that 90% of the communication between the two was “normal conversations and loving conversations”.

Roux had Moller read many of these loving messages into the court record.

The court gallery tittered frequently as Roux used words like “my boo”, “baby”, “baba” and “my angel”, which the couple used to refer to each other.

One interaction saw Steenkamp send a message that reads “Booooo”, to which Pistorius responded: “Baboo”.

On February 12, less than two days before Steenkamp’s death, Pistorius sent Reeva a message, written in the third person, which said: “I’m missing her today she makes my heart happy.”

Reeva replied: “You make her everything happy.”

The messages were in stark contrast to Moller’s testimony yesterday, which painted Pistorius and Steenkamp’s relationship as volatile and troubled.

Referring to the messages, Roux asked Moller how he had selected four or five of the messages out of more than the 1 700 to be raised in court.

Moller said he’d asked for ones that “stood out” and which were out of the ordinary.

Roux put it to him that: “You [Moller] looked for ones that showed an argument,” which Moller confirmed.

“And you found four [conversations] out of more than 1 700,” said Roux, which Moller also confirmed.

Earlier in the day, Moller also testified about Pistorius’ cellphone activity on the night Steenkamp was killed.

Pistorius first called Johan Stander, the head of security at Silver Woods estate, at 3.19am. About a minute later, he dialled the number for an ambulance service.

There were then a number of phone calls between Pistorius and estate security after which he called his friend Justin Divaris at 03.55am.

Adriaan Maritz, a crime statistics analyst at Pistorius’ local police station, testified that there were only about eight incidents of crime reported at the Silver Woods estate between 2011 and mid-2013.

One of these was the Pistorius murder case and another related to one of his watches, which went missing on the night of the incident when police were in control of the scene.

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