Oscar reads out 'loving' messages

2014-04-08 12:52
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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Oscar, Reeva messages show abuse

2014-04-09 09:30

The WhatsApp messages between Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp show a cycle of abuse, says a criminologist. WATCH

Pretoria - Reeva Steenkamp spent her last day alive at Oscar Pistorius's house in Pretoria, catching up on work and doing laundry, the North Gauteng High Court heard on Tuesday.

This emerged from extracts of over 500 pages of WhatsApp messages they sent each other in February last year.

Pistorius, led by his lawyer Barry Roux, SC, read some of the messages out to the court.

In one of them, they greeted each other with Steenkamp wishing him well at a meeting he was going to have with his financial adviser in Johannesburg.

"Good luck with everything today baba xxx...," the model and law graduate typed.

The following day, she was dead after he shot her three times through his toilet door and said later he thought she was the intruder he heard in the early hours of Valentine's Day.

Earlier, she sent a message saying she hoped he did not mind but she had gone back to his house in the Silver Lakes security estate in Pretoria to do some washing.

She said it would also help relieve some of her stress.

She had spent the night at his house the night before and had had a meeting or gone to the gym earlier, when she sent the message saying she had gone back to the house.

In the course of the day, she sent a message consoling him, saying ... "you are a nice guy... you are an amazing person" and the "hurdle" she mentioned, Pistorius said was related to his meeting.

He sent her a message saying she could stay the night if she wanted to.

WhatsApp messages

Earlier, Pistorius read from a number of other text messages between himself and Steenkamp.

"I obviously cared about her," said Pistorius as Roux asked him to read extracts of over 1 700 WhatsApp messages sent between the two to counter the argumentative tone of four of the messages.

He had Pistorius read them to the court in a clear attempt to prove they had a loving relationship.

"I know we argue from time to time, but I know we are actually quite similar," Steenkamp wrote to Pistorius in January 2013.

"It's okay to argue about the things we argue about, at least it's not about fundamental values," she wrote.

In another she said: "Thank you for being the most beautiful person to me... when I look at you I smile inside."

While reading them, Pistorius sometimes paused while crying and sniffing, propping his head on his hand when he seemed to become overwhelmed.

When she sent him a black and white photograph of herself with her hair done, Pistorius replied with several kisses.

When she told him "I like you", Pistorius replied with "I like you too" followed by several exclamation marks.

The State has previously used a few of the messages to show that Pistorius appeared at times to be jealous, possessive and quick to lose his temper.

In the messages they greet each other in the mornings, he says he wishes he could "tuck her in" at night, he asks her not to go running in an area he considers unsafe.

He said she understood the pressures of his life as an athlete - the training, the diet, the media attention, and she was supportive.

He was under "general pressure" because of his fitness training as an athlete, financial pressure after purchasing a new home and pressure from the media.

"I don't think it's easy for someone who hasn't dated a sportsman to understand how strict our diet and our way of living is," he said.

"She did get the way I had to live healthy," he said, referring to a text in which she said she would help make him healthy.

Ex-girlfriend tweets

While proceedings were under way, Pistorius's ex girlfriend Samantha Taylor tweeted: "Last lies you get to tell... You better make it worth your while." She deleted it minutes later.

Taylor was not in court on Tuesday, but has testified for the State.

She said Pistorius cheated on her with Steenkamp.

Pistorius explained that his last correspondence with Taylor was by e-mail in which she "confessed" to sleeping with a man she was seeing while he was at the Olympic Games.

After that Taylor kept messaging him asking that they reconcile but he ignored them.

He met Steenkamp on 4 November and they went to the SA Sports awards together the same day, which Taylor previously told the court was when Pistorius cheated on her.

Pistorius said that after the sports awards, he and Steenkamp spoke about the possible media fallout. The next day he was called by the press about Taylor and he was named as a "player" and a "rondjagter" in the media.

Steenkamp was also compared to Taylor in the media.

He did not reply to any journalists trying to contact him and told Steenkamp she "knew what was right".

"She struggled with it because she never dealt with that level of attention before," he said.

Fake Twitter accounts were set up about her.

"When I said she could stay with me it was a weight off her shoulders. We were looking to make a future together."

Roux asked Pistorius to clarify the term "Boo" which appears in their texts.

"It's a sign of endearment used by young people sometimes, a nickname," said Pistorius.

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