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Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp text messages revealed to court


On Monday, police Capt. Francois Moller revealed in court at Oscar Pistorius’ trial that he had been able to extract some 35,000 pages’ worth of text messages from Reeva Steenkamp’s phone.

Capt. Francois Moller said that 90% of the messages between the couple “were loving”, but he had picked out exceptions.

Correspondents say some of these messages could prove extremely damaging for Oscar Pistorius.

Reeva Steenkamp’s messages paint a picture of the athlete as a jealous and possessive boyfriend prone to anger.

The texts between the couple also suggest Oscar Pistorius asked Reeva Steenkamp to keep quiet over an incident in January 2013 where he allegedly fired a gun at a restaurant – another charge he denies.

Reeva Steenkamp's messages paint a picture of Oscar Pistorius as a jealous and possessive boyfriend prone to anger

Reeva Steenkamp’s messages paint a picture of Oscar Pistorius as a jealous and possessive boyfriend prone to anger

“Angel please don’t say a thing to anyone… I can’t afford for that to come out,” Oscar Pistorius wrote.

“I was not flirting with anyone today I feel sick that you suggested that” (Reeva Steenkamp, January 27, 2013)

“I’m scared of you sometimes and how you snap at me and how you will react to me” (Reeva Steenkamp, January 27, 2013)

“I do everything to make you happy and to not say anything to rock the boat with you” (Reeva Steenkamp, January 27, 2013)

“I can’t be attacked by outsiders for dating you and be attacked by you – the one person I deserve protection from” (Reeva Steenkamp, February 8, 2013)

The court heard Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp called each other “Angel” and “Baba”

“Angel please don’t say a thing to anyone…Darren told everyone it was his fault. I can’t afford for that to come out” (Oscar Pistorius, January 11, 2013, following an alleged shooting incident).

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