REST IN PEACE: A mourner departs, holding a picture of model Reeva Steenkamp , after her memorial service at the Victoria Park Crematorium in Port Elizabeth. Pic: Rogan Ward. 20/02/2013
This emerged from extracts of over 500 pages of WhatsApp messages they sent each other in February last year.
Pistorius, led by his lawyer Barry Roux, SC, read some of the messages out to the court.
In one of them, they greeted each other with Steenkamp wishing him well at a meeting he was going to have with his financial adviser in Johannesburg.
“Good luck with everything today baba xxx…,” the model and law graduate typed.
The following day, she was dead after he shot her three times through his toilet door and said later he thought she was the intruder he heard in the early hours of Valentine’s Day.
Earlier, she sent a message saying she hoped he did not mind but she had gone back to his house in the Silver Lakes security estate in Pretoria to do some washing.
She said it would also help relieve some of her stress.
She had spent the night at his house the night before and had had a meeting or gone to the gym earlier, when she sent the message saying she had gone back to the house.
In the course of the day, she sent a message consoling him, saying … “you are a nice guy… you are an amazing person” and the “hurdle” she mentioned, Pistorius said was related to his meeting.
He sent her a message saying she could stay the night if she wanted to.
The medal winning Paralympic and Olympic athlete has been charged with killing Steenkamp deliberately.
He also faces two charges under the Firearms Act.
One relates to discharging a firearm in a restaurant in Melrose Arch and the other to firing a weapon through the sunroof of a vehicle in Modderfontein.
He has pleaded not guilty to all the charges.