Most Oscar-Reeva messages 'loving'

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Messages between Oscar Pistorius and his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp revealed in his murder trial painted a picture of a loving relationship, the High Court in Pretoria heard today.

“There was a disagreement and unhappiness, but if you look at the emails it was resolved very quickly,” Barry Roux, SC, for Pistorius said.

Police cellphone analyst Captain Francois Moller responded:

“That's correct, My Lady.”

Roux said: “Ninety percent of the messages were loving. I think it's a bit higher, the percentages, but it's not important.”

Moller continued to read out transcripts of messages between the couple he had downloaded from their cellphones.

A police data analyst found four messages out of 1709 between Pistorius and Steenkamp which could show an argument, the High Court in Pretoria heard.

Roux asked Moller whether, during analysis of a WhatsApp message relating to the discharge of a gun at Tasha’s in Melrose Arch, Pistorius had said he had asked his friend Darren Fresco to take the blame.

“No,” said Moller.

A message from Pistorius to Steenkamp read: “Angel, please don't say anything to anyone. Darren told everyone it was his fault. I can't afford for that to come out. The guys promised not to say a thing.”

Roux said it showed his concern over the media but did not say he asked Fresco to take the blame.

The court heard that she sent him a message at 10.27am on February 8, that said: “Morning Ozzy” and he replied: “Morning baba (baby).”

Various other exchanges between the couple were highlighted including when Pistorius sent a message to Steenkamp saying: “xxx” and she replied: “xxxxx”.

Moller was asked to read out various messages between the two sending each other kisses and using pet names.

Roux pointed out interaction between the two where Steenkamp sent a photograph of herself to Pistorius where she is blowing him a kiss.

This was a different picture of the relationship compared to the one painted yesterday.

Yesterday, the court heard how Steenkamp was afraid of Pistorius, as Moller read out WhatsApp messages between the couple where she said he was short-tempered and overly critical of her.

A message Steenkamp sent on January 27, 2013, read: “You have picked on me excessively... I do everything to make you happy and you do everything to throw tantrums...

“I'm scared of you sometimes and how you snap at me and of how you will react to me. You make me happy ninety percent of the time and I think we are amazing together... but I am not some other bitch... trying to kill your vibe...”

Pistorius has pleaded not guilty. The trial is expected to continue until May 16.

Sapa


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