Pistorius testifies on his texts with Reeva

Oscar Pistorius is on the stand describing his relationship with Reeva Steenkamp.

Oscar Pistorius arrives at the High Court in Pretoria ahead of his trial on 8 April 2014. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

PRETORIA - Oscar Pistorius is leading evidence with his advocate Barry Roux for the second day of the defence's case in his murder trial. The athlete described his relationship with Reeva Steenkamp.

He said they met on 4 November 2012 at a track day.

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"I had to attend a sports awards event, but forgot that I RSVPd with a partner so Justin Divaris suggested I take Reeva."

After the awards Steenkamp and Pistorius spent the night chatting.

"We had the most amazing time. A fantastic date."

Pistorius said they had many things in common andhe saw a future with her.


Roux turned to WhatsApp messages brought up by the state which showed the arguments between the two.

A screenshot of a Whatsapp image sent from Reeva Steenkamp to Oscar Pistorius. Picture: Twitter.

Steenkamp's mother, June is in court and watched on as Pistorius explained the arguments and how they were resolved.

Roux asked Pistorius to read a message into the record and then explain.

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Pistorius reads about the "rabbit things" around his house.

He said it referred to little wood carvings of rabbits which he bought for friends as gifts and Steenkamp had asked about it.

He then read the Fresco engagement party message in which Steenkamp said he picked on her and accused her of flirting.

He explained that on that day he had arrived back from Cape Town and was going to the engagement party, but was running late.

"At the venue, Reeva started talking to a man I didn't know. She didn't introduce me to him. I stepped forward and made my presence known, but she still didn't introduce me. Maybe I was sensitive or insecure."

He said that Steenkamp sat next to him and tickled his neck.

"I was not kind to her. We left, didn't speak for the day, until this message."

He read the message where he apologised for what had happened at the party, explained he was not well, hungry and late for training that afternoon.


Pistorius also spoke about his ex-girlfriend Samantha Taylor.

He said Taylor was desperate to get back with him, but refused to speak to her ever again after she revealed that she slept with a man he knew while he was away at the Olympics.

He said Steenkamp was worried that Taylor had set up fake accounts on Twitter and was attacking her.

Pistorius said he was used to dealing with that kind of thing, but it was new to Steenkamp and was very difficult for her.

He said she was extremely stressed by the publicity, moving homes and work.

The defence made the point which showed that the couple were happy together, despite a couple of serious conflicts.

Meanwhile, Taylor took to Twitter to vent her anger.

In a tweet, which she later deleted, she said, "Last lies you get to tell. You better make it worth your while."

The court continued listening to WhatsApp messages being read out by Pistorius which is slowly leading up to 14 February 2013.

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Video: Pistorius takes the stand.