Oscar: I was more into Reeva Steenkamp than she was me

PRETORIA - Oscar Pistorius told the court at his trial Tuesday that he was "more into" the girlfriend he's accused of murdering, Reeva Steenkamp, than she was into him.

In his second day of testimony the double-amputee runner known as the Blade Runner delved deeper into his relationship with the girlfriend he shot dead more than a year ago -- and he is expected to explain what happened the night she died.

"If anything I was more into her at times than she was with me ... I was besotted with her," he told the court in Pretoria, South Africa.

Pistorius has cried, covered his face and plugged his ears, and thrown up repeatedly as earlier witnesses have talked about how Steenkamp suffered, so the moment when Pistorius is forced to discuss the killing himself could be dramatic.

Steenkamp's mother, June, was again present in court Tuesday but betrayed no reaction as she listened to hear his testimony.

The couple met on November 4, 2012, Pistorius said, a little more than three months before she died.

Defense lawyer Barry Roux took Pistorius through some of the texts and chat messages exchanged between the couple, as he sought to show that theirs was a loving relationship.

Some of the messages, including ones in which Steenkamp voiced unhappiness about Pistorius' actions, formed part of the prosecution case heard last month. The prosecution contends that Pistorius deliberately shot Steenkamp after an argument early on February 14.

In one lengthy WhatsApp message previously cited in court, Steenkamp said,"I'm scared of you sometimes and how u snap at me and of how you will react to me."

Pistorius sought to explain the background to the message Tuesday, saying it was sent on the day of their friend Darren Fresco's engagement party.

"It was a bad day in our relationship," he said. "I think I was just being sensitive, maybe I felt a bit insecure or jealous ... I wasn't kind to her like I should have been."

He sounded emotional as he read another upset message from Steenkamp, in which she said, "I can't be attacked by outsiders and be attacked by you as well, the one person I deserve protection from."

The message, sent on February 7, a week before Pistorius killed her, referred to an evening out after which they argued. He said that Steenkamp had received hate mail for dating him.

But in other, affectionate messages read out in court the pair used pet names like "baba" and "angel," said they missed each other and exchanged many "x"s, or kisses.

In one such message, Steenkamp told Pistorius, "Baby I love spending time with you and sleeping next to you."

He replied, "I love having you sleeping next to me baba."

Comments (5)

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protestor - 8 April 2014

mufana arikuendako rambai makatarira !

mashotopiyana - 9 April 2014

He will be acquitted. South Africa has lost it, they have Americanised themselves. Homos, Gays name it. It's like the OJ Simpson trial, only that the characters are all white. Watch this space. Dai muri muno akatonyura kare.

Gogodera - 9 April 2014

It doesn't matter, lovely mesages. That is plain that Pistorious used to harrass this woman. He must have been someone not able to control his temper. In that he must have been, out of thst anger proceeded to shoot this woman. Love was there but unfortunately he seemed not to have been kind enough before his aggressive treatment ended up him killing this woman.

juro - 9 April 2014

An insecure disabledman with a beautiful girlfriend is consumed by jealousy to the point of cowardly murder. Who says when you are about to lose a woman you shoot her or stab her, bloody coward.

McAaron - 9 April 2014

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