'I love you', Pistorius girlfriend said in Valentine's card

15th April 2014, Comments 0 comments

Oscar Pistorius's girlfriend said she loved him in a Valentine's Day card on the day she died, his murder trial heard Tuesday as the sprinter's gruelling cross-examination ended.

The Paralympian read out in court the words in a card Reeva Steenkamp would have given him with a gift on February 14 last year, the day he fired four shots through a locked toilet door that killed her.

"She said 'I think today is a good day to tell you that I love you,'" the 27-year-old double amputee sprinter read from the card.

"The envelope says 'Ozzie', with some hearts and a squiggle, and it says on the front of the card: 'roses are red, violets are blue,'" he said, his voice growing faint after five days of gruelling cross-examination.

Prosecutors have charged Pistorius with the 29-year-old's premeditated murder, saying he shot her in a fit of rage after the couple had a row.

The model and aspiring TV actress had told the sprinter she sometimes was afraid of him during an exchange on messaging service WhatsApp.

But the defence have insisted the pair were in love, citing numerous caring messages between the two and showing the court CCTV footage of the two flirting in a grocery store days before the shooting.

Pistorius says he fired at the closed toilet door in his home in the dead of night after he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder.


© 2014 AFP

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