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Pistorius' neighbour heard crying

A neighbour testifies in day 27 of the Oscar Pistorius murder trial in South Africa.

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Johannesburg: South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius has been accused of intimidation after a friend of Reeva Steenkamp claimed he whispered to her, "How can you sleep at night?" during a break in his murder trial.

Kim Myers' lawyer Ian Levitt told Reuters that Mr Pistorius approached her during an adjournment in court and whispered the question in a sinister undertone. 

"She is horrified by this disturbing act but will not be intimidated and intends to carry on attending the trial for Reeva," said Mr Levitt.

Oscar Pistorius is accused of making sinister comments to witness in the murder trial of Reeva Steenkamp.

Oscar Pistorius is accused of making sinister comments to witness in the murder trial of Reeva Steenkamp. Photo: AP

Mr Pistorius, is accused of shooting dead 29-year-old Steenkamp following a heated row in the early hours of Valentine's Day last year. The track star says he killed teenkamp after mistaking her for an intruder hiding in the toilet.

Local media reports said Pistorius denied speaking to Ms Myers when asked about the alleged incident at the court by reporters.

A reason for what Mr Levitt said was Mr Pistorius' attempt to intimidate Ms Myers was unclear. She has regularly attended the trial and has been quoted in the media commenting on her close friendship with Steenkamp.

The state prosecution has spent much of the 27-day trial trying to portray Mr Pistorius as an intimidating figure who bullied Steenkamp, although the Paralympic gold medallist insists they were in a loving relationship.

Phone text messages sent between the couple were read out to the court earlier in the trial, one of which from Steenkamp said she was scared of Mr Pistorius, although most of the retrieved conversations were loving.

The trial of Mr Pistorius, who faces life in prison if found guilty, has attracted huge interest across the world.

Before the shooting, Mr Pistorius was one of the most revered figures in sport, a man who had his lower legs amputated as a child but who reached the semi-finals of the 400m at the London Olympics in 2012 running on carbon-fibre prosthetic "blades". 

Reuters

Lisa Davies returns to South Africa this week to cover the verdict. 

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