Softer side of Pistorius on view

The chief lawyer for Oscar Pistorius on Tuesday sought to show at the athlete’s murder trial that he had a loving relationship with the girlfriend he killed, referring to telephone messages in which they exchanged warm compliments and said they missed each other.

The testimony contrasted with several messages read out in court at the request of the prosecution a day earlier in which Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp argued in the weeks before he fatally shot her.

In those messages, Steenkamp told the double-amputee runner that she was sometimes scared by his behavior, which included jealous outbursts in front of other people.

Defence lawyer Barry Roux noted that the tense messages amounted to a tiny fraction of the roughly 1,700 messages that police Capt Francois Moller, a cellular telephone expert, extracted from the mobile devices of the couple.

Roux noted a January 19 exchange in which Reeva sent Pistorius a photo of herself in a hoodie and making a kissing face, followed by the message: “You like it?” “I love it,” Pistorius said, according to the message. “So warm,” Steenkamp responded.

Roux was also granted permission to show CCTV video, earlier broadcast by Sky News, that showed Pistorius and Steenkamp kissing in a convenience store. And he asked Moller to read out a January 9 message which read: “You are a very special person. You deserve to be looked after.”

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