The Oscar Pistorius trial has heard that the athlete’s girlfriend said she was scared of him in a text message less than three weeks before he shot her dead.
A police expert in court in Pretoria, Captain Francois Moller, read some of the messages Reeva Steencamp had sent to the South African double amputee runner.
They included: “I am scared of you sometimes and how you snap at me and how you will react to me.”
“I am trying my best to make you happy and I feel as though you sometimes never are, no matter the effort I put in.”
“I can’t be attacked by outsiders for dating you and be attacked by you – the one person I deserve protection from.”
Earlier, the latest of several neighbours said she had heard gunfire and a man and woman’s screams.
“It was moments after the shots, I heard a lady screaming, terrified, terrified, screaming,” Anette Stipp told the court.
“I said to my husband, it sounds to me as if there is a family murder.”
Reeva Steencamp’s mother was among those in court, with the case now in its fourth week.
Pistorius denies murdering the model on Valentine’s Day last year, insisting he opened fire after mistaking her for an intruder hiding in a toilet at his home.