#AceWorldNews – PRETORIA – SOUTH AFRICA – April 15 – (BBC) – The Oscar Pistorius murder trial has seen a Valentine’s card which his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp had intended to give him before he shot her dead.
The South African Olympic sprinter read the poem to the court after five days of gruelling cross-examination.
Earlier, he said he was “heartbroken” when he saw her body in the early hours of Valentine’s Day last February.
Mr Pistorius denies murder, saying he fired through a door in fear, believing there was an intruder behind it.
It has been exhausting just to watch Oscar Pistorius – doubled up on the ropes for hour after hour, heavy arms trying to fend off another clinical combination of lethal jabs and low blows from prosecutor Gerrie Nel.
As the athlete finally slinks wearily back across the court from the witness stand to the dock, he must know that the last five days have done him few favours in this trial.
He has been forgetful, evasive, agitated, uncertain, argumentative, and defiantly – some would say deliberately – ambiguous about some of the key issues at the heart of this murder trial. However well his forensic experts proceed to shore up his testimony in the coming days, his credibility has been damaged.
I have been fending off emails from members of the public anxious to unearth some “smoking gun” detail that can resolve this case once and for all.
But the reality, from my vantage point in the public gallery here, is that there is no “smoking gun” – besides the obviously literal one.
The prosecution says he deliberately shot dead Ms Steenkamp, a 29-year-old model and law graduate, after the couple had had an argument.
He faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted of premeditated murder.
Mr Pistorius’ defence lawyer Barry Roux presented to the court the Valentine card which Ms Steenkamp had got the athlete.
The double-amputee sprinter, 27, read it out in a trembling voice.
The front of the card reads: “Roses are red, violets are blue…”
Inside, she had written: “I think today is a good day to tell you that, I love you.”
Ms Steenkamp was shot dead in the early hours of Valentine’s Day – before they had opened each other’s cards and gifts.
The athlete has previously told the court he only opened the card on Ms Steenkamp’s birthday, in August 2013.
Read More: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-27041156
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