Oscar Pistorius is accused of approaching a friend of Reeva
Steenkamp during an adjournment. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings
South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar
Pistorius, on trial for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva
Steenkamp, tried to intimidate a friend of the former model in
court yesterday according to the friend's lawyer.
Pistorius is accused of shooting dead 29-year-old Steenkamp
following a heated row in the early hours of Valentine's Day
last year. The track star says he killed Steenkamp after
mistaking her for an intruder hiding in the toilet.
"During an adjournment in court today, my client Kim Myers
was approached by Oscar Pistorius who whispered in a sinister
undertone: 'How can you sleep at night?" Myers' lawyer Ian
Levitt told Reuters. "She is horrified by this disturbing act
but will not be intimidated and intends to carry on attending
the trial for Reeva."
Local media reports said Pistorius denied speaking to Myers
when asked about the alleged incident at the court by
A reason for what Levitt said was Pistorius' attempt to
intimidate Myers was unclear. She has regularly attended the
trial and has been quoted in the media commenting on her
close friendship with Steenkamp.
The state prosecution has spent much of the 27-day trial
trying to portray Pistorius as an intimidating figure who
bullied Steenkamp, although the Paralympic gold medallist
insists they were in a loving relationship.
Phone text messages sent between the couple were read out to
the court earlier in the trial, one of which from Steenkamp
said she was scared of Pistorius, although most of the
retrieved conversations were loving.
The trial of Pistorius, who faces life in prison if found
guilty, has attracted huge interest across the world.
Before the shooting, Pistorius was one of the most revered
figures in sport, a man who had his lower legs amputated as a
child but who reached the semi-finals of the 400m at the
London Olympics in 2012 running on carbon-fibre prosthetic