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Friend testifies about Pistorius's 'loving' nature towards children

Oscar Pistorius is being sentenced as a murderer for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp three years ago.

Oscar Pistorius arrives for the second day of sentencing argument at the High Court in Pretoria on 14 June 2016. Picture: Reinart Therein/EWN.

PRETORIA - An Icelandic friend of Oscar Pistorius's has testified about his loving and caring nature towards children.

This was heard on Day Two of sentence proceedings, which are being held at the High Court in Pretoria.

Pistorius is being sentenced as a murderer for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp three years ago.

Defence advocate Barry Roux told the court he called the witness after questions yesterday about Pistorius's suitability to work with children.

Ebba Gudmundsdottir says her family contacted Pistorius more than a decade ago when she found out her son would be born without legs.

She says the former athlete was supportive from the beginning and struck up a friendship her and her family.

Gudmundsdottir says Pistorius was always caring towards her disabled son and was equally loving towards her older daughter.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel did not cross-examine the witness.

Meanwhile, Steenkamp's father, Barry Steenkamp, has become emotional during his testimony this morning.

He says he uses social media to look at Reeva's pictures and has received support a lot of support.

#OscarPistorius Steenkamp: says he uses Facebook to see pictures of Reeva and receives a lot of support. BB



#OscarPistorius Steenkamp: we have pictures all over the house. Reeva is with us. I talk to her every day. BB



#OscarPistorius Steenkamp says he think of Reeva everyday of his life. Morning, noon, night, early morning. (He starts to sob). BB



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