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Text message to Pistorius: ‘I’m afraid of you’

Text message to Pistorius: ‘I’m afraid of you’

OSCAR PISTORIUS: The Olympic and Paralympic athlete is on trial for the murder of 29-year-old model and law graduate Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013. Photo: Reuters

PRETORIA (Reuters) – Oscar Pistorius’ girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, admitted to being scared of the South African track star in a text message sent less than three weeks before he shot her dead, a police expert told his murder trial on Monday.

The Olympic and Paralympic athlete is on trial for the murder of 29-year-old model and law graduate Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day 2013.

He has pleaded not guilty to murder, saying he was deeply in love with Steenkamp, whom he had been dating for a few months, and that he mistook for an intruder hiding in a toilet at his luxury Pretoria home.

However, text messages between the pair in the weeks leading up to the shooting painted a picture of a volatile, stormy relationship, with Steenkamp accusing Pistorius of jealousy and outbursts of anger.

“I’m scared of you sometimes and how you snap at me and of how you will react to me,” one message sent by Steenkamp on Jan. 27, 2013 said. It was read out in court by police expert Francois Moller on Day 14 of the trial.

“We are living in a double standard relationship. Every five seconds I hear about how you dated another chick. You really have dated a lot of people yet you get upset if I mention one funny story with a long term boyfriend,” it continued.

Prosecutors are seeking to prove that Pistorius tried to kill Steenkamp deliberately by firing four rounds from a 9 mm pistol through a locked toilet door after a heated argument.

(Reporting and writing by Joe Brock; Editing by Ed Cropley)

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