Oscar Pistorius' defence team tried to portray a loving relationship between the athlete and Reeva Steenkamp to the High Court in Pretoria today, claiming that 90 per cent of messages exchanged between them were of a "loving" nature.
Day 15 of the murder trial saw a new wave of loving texts sent between the Paralympic athlete and Ms Steenkamp shortly before he shot her dead in the early hours of Valentine's Day last year.
The defence team tried to portray the relationship the Mr Pistorius shared with the departed was loving and respectful. It included a heartbreaking message Ms Steenkamp sent to Mr Pistorius asking if she could cook him dinner on the day she was killed. It read: "Baby can I cook for you on Thursday?"
The messages served to undo the picture portrayed by the prosecution team yesterday, who revealed messages from Ms Steenkamp saying: "I'm scared of u sometimes and how u snap at me and how u will react to me," weeks before her death.
A week before her death, she wrote: “I can’t be attacked by outsiders for dating u AND be attacked by you, the one person I deserve protection from.”
Today, mobile phone expert Captain Francois Moller was challenged to recognise that 90 per cent of the messages exchanged between the pair were of a loving nature. Defence lawyer Barry Roux said that messages between the couple were full of kisses and pet names and claimed that all arguments were quickly resolved.
The court was shown a selfie of Ms Steenkamp blowing a kiss to Mr Pistorius a month before the shooting in thanks for a gift he had sent her.
Mr Pistorius replied: "You like it?"
Reeva answered: "I love it."
The court was also shown CCTV footage of the pair shopping showing Mr Pistorius kissing Ms Steenkamp and showing affection just 10 days before the shooting.
Leading up to the shooting there was no hint of an argument between the pair before on February 13th, Mr Pistorius text Ms Steenkamp asking her to stay the night.
Mr Pistorius denies the premeditated murder of Ms Steenkamp, claiming he mistook her for an intruder.
The trial has been adjourned until Friday morning as the defence team look to continue calling witnesses. The prosecution claim to have rested their case.
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