I'm scared of you sometimes - Reeva

2014-03-24 15:43
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Oscar's trial - day 14 summary

2014-03-24 16:00

Reeva Steenkamp's hurt messages to Oscar Pistorius were read out during day 14 of Pistorius's trial. Jerusha Sukhdeo-Raath tells you everything you need to know.WATCH

Pretoria - Oscar Pistorius's girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp told the athlete she was sometimes scared of him in a text message nearly three weeks before he shot her dead, a North Gauteng High Court  in Pretoria heard on Monday.

"I'm scared of you sometimes and how you snap at me and how you react to me," Steenkamp said in a message after the athlete thought she had flirted with another man, the court heard.

Police cellphone analyst Captain Francois Moller began testifying on Monday afternoon.

He gave evidence on phones given to him after Pistorius shot Steenkamp dead on Valentine's Day last year.

After being sworn in, Moller said he was given four cellphones - two Blackberries and two iPhones, and two iPads and a Macbook computer on 15 February by investigating officer Warrant Officer Hilton Botha.

Botha was taken off the case and later resigned.

Steenkamp texted: “You make me happy ninety percent of the time and I think we are amazing together... but I am not some other bitch... trying to kill your vibe...

"I'm the girl who fell in love with you but I'm also the girl who gets side-stepped when you are in a shit mood... I get snapped at and told my accent and voices are annoying."

The message began: "You have picked on me excessively... I do everything to make you happy and you do everything to throw tantrums... " The line was part of a lengthy Whatsapp text she sent him on 27 January where she expressed concern over his behaviour at a lunch they had attended, which she said they had to leave early because of him.

CNN reported that according to the messages, Pistorius apparently was upset about Steenkamp speaking to another man at a party.
"I watched you touch his arm and ignore me. Clearly I was upset," Pistorius messaged Steenkamp.

Tasha’s shooting

In another text message, about the shooting at Tasha’s restaurant, extracted from Steenkamp’s cellphone, Pistorius had asked her "not to say a thing".

Pistorius is also charged with firing a gun in a public place, at Tasha's restaurant in Melrose Arch, Johannesburg, in January 2013.

"Angel, please don't say a thing to anyone, Darren told everyone it was his fault. The guys promised they wouldn't say anything," Moller read from a WhatsApp message Pistorius sent to Steenkamp on 11 January 2013 at 15:03.

He allegedly asked his friend Darren Fresco to take the blame for the shot that went off.

Pistorius and Steenkamp exchanged a few messages, before she replied: "I won't always think before I say something, just appreciate that I'm not a liar."

As Moller read other, longer messages between the couple that revealed conflict between the couple, Pistorius bowed his head and cried quietly.

Pistorius has been charged with murder and contraventions of the Firearms Control Act. He allegedly fired the shot at Tashas, and on 30 September 2012 he allegedly shot through the open sunroof of a car with his 9mm pistol while driving with friends in Modderfontein.

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