Before she was murdered, model Reeva Steenkamp sent text messages to Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius telling him she was “scared” of him. Pistorius, 27, is currently on trial in a South African court for premeditated murder in the shooting death of Steenkamp.
“I’m scared of you sometimes and how you snap at me and of how you will react to me. 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,” Steenkamp wrote in a Jan. 27, 2013, WhatsApp message.
Pistorius bowed his head as police investigator Francois Moller read Steenkamp’s text messages aloud in court.
Moller obtained the text messages from Steenkamp’s and Pistoriuus’ cell phones.
Pistorius claims he thought an intruder was behind the locked bathroom door when he fired four shots in his home inside a heavily guarded, gated subdivision in Pretoria.
But at least 3 neighbors — including a doctor — heard a woman’s “terrified screams” the morning Pistorius shot and killed Steenkamp.
A coroner testified that Steenkamp was standing behind the locked door when the first shot hit her in the hip. He said the first two shots would have caused Steenkamp to scream out. The model and reality TV star was also shot in the head, thigh and arm. But Pistorius’ defense attorneys plan to argue that Steenkamp did not scream out after Pistorius fired a “double tap” through the door, hitting her in the head.
Judge Thokozile Masipa is hearing the evidence and will decide Pistorius’ fate. South Africa does not have jury trials. If convicted, Pistorius faces 25 years in prison. The trial is expected to last until May.