Mike Hutchings/ReutersOscar Pistorius has been caught up in a war of words after a friend of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp claimed he whispered to her “how can you sleep at night?” during a break in his murder trial.
Kim Myers told police officers involved in the case the athlete made the “very sinister” comment out of the blue as she sat with her mother in the public gallery flanked by a large number of journalists.
The 27-year-old athlete flatly denied the claim, telling the Telegraph he had not spoken to Miss Myers or the rest of her family at all during the trial. His lawyer insisted her statement was “grossly untrue”.
But Miss Myers has said she is standing by her allegation. Her lawyer, Ian Levitt, said they have raised it with the National Prosecuting Authority and are considering making a formal complaint of intimidation to police.
Steenkamp referred to Kim, her sister Gina and their parents Desi and Cecil as her “Joburg family” and had lived with them at their home since September 2012, after leaving her own family home in Port Elizabeth. Both sisters and their mother have been in court almost throughout the case.
Mr Myers identified Steenkamp’s body and told the Telegraph last year he had warned the “very moody” athlete to “back off” after the model had complained to