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Pistorius turns on public relations offensive

Oscar Pistorius tweets for the first time since the first anniversary of Reeva Steenkamp’s death.

FILE: Oscar Pistorius leaves the High Court in Pretoria after day 21 of his murder trial on 11 April 2014. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Oscar Pistorius has turned on the public relations offensive, tweeting for the first time since Valentine's Day this year.

The evidence section of the athlete's murder trial concluded last week, as the case was postponed until early next month for closing argument.

Watch: Pistorius trial: Defence wraps up its case

Pistorius is accused of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp's murder.

Steenkamp was shot dead in Pistorius's home on Valentine's Day, 14 February 2013.

He claims he shot her by accident, believing she was an intruder.

In his first tweet in months, the blade runner quoted a bible verse, Psalm 34:18, which reads 'The Lord is close to the broken hearted'.

About 20 minutes later he tweeted a collage of pictures featuring himself helping and exercising with disabled children.

The tweets reflect his piety and contribution to society, both themes he tried to impress upon the court during his murder trial.

There were mixed reactions, with supporters pleading with the athlete to remain strong while others quoted bible verses of their own such as 'Thou shall not kill.'

For more on the Oscar Pistorius trial, click here.

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