Reeva Texted Pistorius: 'I'm Scared of You'

Couple's WhatsApp revealed in court today

By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 24, 2014 9:56 AM CDT

(Newser) – Another neighbor testified at Oscar Pistorius' murder trial today, saying she heard "terrified, terrified screaming" that didn't sound as though it was emanating from an enclosed space, like a bathroom, the morning of Reeva Steenkamp's death, the Telegraph reports. But the most attention-grabbing part of today's testimony took the form of texts between Pistorius and Steenkamp, which were shown on monitors. While a police IT expert said 90% of the WhatsApp messages were normal and "loving," a small portion showed a complicated, jealous relationship. A sampling, per Sky News, the Telegraph, and the Independent:

  • Steenkamp: "I'm scared of u sometimes and how u snap at me and of how u will react to me."
  • "I do everything to make u happy and to not say anything to rock the boat with u. You do everything to throw tantrums in front of people."
  • "I'm sorry you think I was hitting on my friend's husband and u think so little of me. I just want to be loved and to love. Right now I am very unhappy and sad"
  • "I can't be attacked by outsiders for dating you and then be attacked by you..the one person I need protection from."
  • Pistorius: "I was standing tight behind me watching you touch his arm. But when I left, u just kept on chatting to him. I'm sorry I asked u to stop touching my neck."
  • Pistorious admitted he is "tired and sick" but that doesn't excuse his jealous behavior.
  • Apparently in reference to a shooting incident, he wrote "Angel, please don't say a thing to any one, Darren told everyone it was his fault. I can't afford for that to come out. The guys promised not to say a thing."
The Telegraph notes the prosecution's case is expected to close this week.

June Steenkamp, mother of Reeva Steenkamp, right, with unidentified woman leaves the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, March 24, 2014.
June Steenkamp, mother of Reeva Steenkamp, right, with unidentified woman leaves the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, March 24, 2014.   (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
Oscar Pistorius talks to to his defense attorney Barry Roux before the proceedings get under way at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, March 24, 2014.
Oscar Pistorius talks to to his defense attorney Barry Roux before the proceedings get under way at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, March 24, 2014.   (AP Photo/Chris Collingridge, Pool)
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