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Pistorius introduced Steenkamp as 'fiancee' a week before shooting incident

Published on May 6, 2014 6:50 PM
 

PRETORIA (AFP) - Oscar Pistorius introduced Reeva Steenkamp as his fiancee just a week before he shot her, a close neighbour of the runner testified in his defence on Tuesday.

Michael Nhlengethwa, who describes himself as Pistorius's "closest neighbour," said the Paralympic gold medallist introduced the 29-year-old model to him shortly before her death early Valentine's Day morning 2013.

Pistorius said "please meet my fiancee, Reeva," Nhlengethwa said.

The athlete nicknamed the "Blade Runner" claims he and his girlfriend of three months were in a loving relationship and that he shot her accidentally after mistaking her for a intruder.

South African Paralympian sprinter Oscar Pistorius sits in the dock during the testimony of a defence witness at his murder trial at the high court in Pretoria on May 6, 2014. Pistorius introduced Reeva Steenkamp as his fiancee just a week before he shot her, a close neighbour of the runner testified in his defence on Tuesday. -- PHOTO: AFP
 
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