Text messages read aloud in front of a Pretoria courtroom on Monday showed significant tension between Oscar Pistorius and his former girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in the weeks before she was fatally shot in Pistorius's bathroom.
“I'm scared of u sometimes and how u snap at me and of how u will react to me,” one message from Steenkamp to Pistorius read.
Another message revealed Steenkamp's unease about her relationship with the double-amputee Olympian.
“I can't be attacked by outsiders for dating you AND be attacked by you, the one person I deserve protection from,” she apparently wrote him.
The messages were highlighted by the prosecution as evidence that Pistorius had a short temper, anecdotes that run parallel to other stories of various outbursts from the runner, which have come to light as a result of the murder trial.
Pistorius claims that he shot Steenkamp in the early morning hours of Valentine's Day 2013, thinking that she was an intruder. The prosecution asserts that Pistorius knew who was inside the bathroom when he opened fire.
Captain Francois Moller testified that the majority of the text exchanges between the one-time couple were “normal” and “loving.”
As part of the message where Steenkamp told Pistorius she was scared of him, she added: “You make me happy 90% of the time and I think we are amazing together. … I just want to love and be loved. Be happy and make someone SO happy. Maybe we can't do that for each other. Cos right now I know u aren't happy and I am certainly very unhappy and sad.”
Pistorius was reportedly tearing up as the messages were read aloud.
The once-celebrated South African runner is expected to testify in the coming weeks.