Oscar Pistorius 'affected by crime'
The athlete told the Pretoria court he had been attacked and his house broken into several times.
PRETORIA - Murder accused Oscar Pistorius on Monday told the North Gauteng High Court he's been affected by crime all his life.
He told the Pretoria court he had been attacked and had his house broken into several times, including as a child.
"We had many house breakings when I was growing up. We had one at my father's home in Johannesburg when we were on holiday. When we got back to the house, they [robbers] had ransacked the entire house and one of the intruders had cut his hand. He wiped the blood all over the wall."
He added most people in South Africa were exposed to crime.
Pistorius also told the court several neighbours in his secure complex had been the victim of crime, sometimes the result of contractors on the premises.
His defence team is likely to argue, and further show, that he felt particularly vulnerable without his prosthetic legs on at the time of the shooting.
But prosecutors are likely to argue that despite his claims, there is no record of him ever being a complainant.
He also described being followed home by suspicious-looking vehicles and recalled the incident when he was accompanied by ex-girlfriend Samantha Taylor.
During earlier testimony by Taylor, she denied claims the athlete went to bed with a firearm under his bed, saying when she was with him, he kept it on the bedside table.
Proceedings were adjourned just 45 minutes after the lunch break because the 'Blade Runner' was allegedly exhausted and taking strain, according to his lawyer.
The case will resume on Tuesday, where Pistorius is expected to continue with his testimony.
Defence Advocate Barry Roux says he didn't want to start questioning his client on another topic this afternoon.
The 27-year-old is expected to focus on the deadly shooting and give his version of events when the matter resumes.
NIGHTMARES AND APOLOGY
The athlete began his testimony on Monday afternoon by apologising to Steenkamp's family.
While crying on the stand, Pistorius addressed the Steenkamps and said, "There hasn't been a moment I've not thought about your family.
"When Reeva went to bed that night she was loved. I just wanted to protect her," he added.
Pistorius said he was on medication and had trouble sleeping.
"I'm too scared to sleep, I have nightmares. I wake up at night smelling blood, I feel terrified."
Pistorius sobbed and wiped tears from his face as he explained how his faith had got him through the past year.
He told the court he was "bowled over" by Steenkamp and wanted to buy a house in Johannesburg for the two of them.
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The athlete says his 29-year-old girlfriend was also a Christian and they prayed together all the time.
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