Oscar Pistorius trial: Day 14 review

Published Add your comment

Football News

The murder trial of Oscar Pistorius entered it's third week today, with the High Court in Pretoria hearing about revealing texts that were exchanged between the Paralympic and Olympic sprinter and girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp three weeks before he shot her dead in his home in February 2013.

In the testimony from police cellphone expert Francois Moller, a number of messages were read aloud.

Although it is claimed that 90% of them were loving, one message from Steenkamp - sent via Whatsapp - reportedly read: "I'm scared of you sometimes and how you snap at me and how you react to me."

"We are living in a double standard relationship where u can be mad about how i feel with stuff when u are very quick to act cold and offish when you're unhappy," she also said in a message in January.

"You make me happy 90 per cent of the time and I think we are amazing together, but I'm not some other bitch not trying to kill your vibe. Why try anymore? I get snapped at and get told my accents and voice is annoying."

Earlier on day 14 of a trial that is expected to last until May with a brief recess to come in April, Annette Stipp - another of Pistorius' neighbours - took the stand and described how she heard a woman screaming on the night in question.

"It was moments after the shots I heard a lady screaming, terrified, terrified screaming,” she said.

“The screaming just continued. It did not stop.”

Mrs Stipp - who apparently heard two sets of three gunshots, although it has been previously agreed between both legal teams that only four were fired - also spoke of how she told her husband that she thought it must have been a domestic murder as a result, given the woman's screams.

The witness also claimed to hearing a man screaming, with such noise ending after the second set of shots.

Mrs Stipp did appear to make one particular error, however, with defence lawyer Kenneth Oldwadge forcing an admission that there was a mistake in her initial police statement, in which she said that she saw a man moving in the bathroom.

Another discrepancy between Mrs Stipp and the defence's version of events comes in her claims that the bathroom light in Mr Pistorius' house was on. It is the claim of the defence that it was dark when Pistorius fired through the locked door.

Mr. Pistorius - who gained worldwide fame thanks to his phenomenal track exploits and became known as 'The Blade Runner' - stands accused of the pre-meditated murder of Ms Steenkamp as well as three other charges relating to the possession of ammunition and shooting a gun - all of which he denies.

If found guilty of murder, he could face life imprisonment. South Africa does not have a jury system, so his fate will rest in the hands of Judge Thokozile Masipa.

The trial continues.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Oscar Pistorius

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again