“I’m scared of you sometimes and how you snap at me and how you react to me,” Steenkamp said via messaging service WhatsApp after the athlete accused her of flirting with another man.

Pretoria: Oscar Pistorius’s girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp told the athlete he sometimes scared her in a text message sent less than three weeks before he shot her dead, his murder trial heard on Monday.”I’m scared of you sometimes and how you snap at me and how you react to me,” Steenkamp said via messaging service WhatsApp after the athlete apparently accused her of flirting with another man.

With the state moving to wrap up its case as the trial entered its fourth week, police cellphone expert Francois Moller read out exchanges that painted Pistorius as a critical and jealous boyfriend.The double amputee Paralympic gold medallist wept as the messages were shared with the court. “You do everything to throw tantrums in front of people,” Steenkamp said about being accused of flirting with a friend’s husband.

In another message, the model and law graduate pointed to being “loudly” criticised at a function she attended with the athlete. “I can’t be attacked by outsiders for dating you and be attacked by you, the one person I deserve protection from,” she said.

“From the outside I think it looks like we are a struggle and maybe that’s what we are. I just want to love and be loved. Be happy and make someone SO happy,” she said. “Maybe we can’t do that for each other. Cos right now I know u aren’t happy and I am certainly very unhappy and sad.”

Steenkamp also said Pistorius would frequently talk about other women he had dated but would get upset if she mentioned an amusing story with a former long-term boyfriend. AFP

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