CCTV footage shows 'loving' Oscar Pistorius and girlfriend days before shooting

Olympian sprinter Oscar Pistorius posing with his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at Melrose Arch in Johannesburg on Jan 26, 2013. The South African paralympian is seen kissing and flirting with his model girlfriend just days before he shot her dead,
Olympian sprinter Oscar Pistorius posing with his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at Melrose Arch in Johannesburg on Jan 26, 2013. The South African paralympian is seen kissing and flirting with his model girlfriend just days before he shot her dead, in security footage broadcast on Saturday, March 1, 2014, ahead of his murder trial. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

JOHANNESBURG (AFP) - South African paralympian Oscar Pistorius is seen kissing and flirting with his model girlfriend just days before he shot her dead, in security footage broadcast on Saturday ahead of his murder trial.

Pistorius and his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp behaved like any loving couple as they picked out groceries at the upmarket Woolworths store in Pretoria 10 days before her Valentine's Day death, according to CCTV images broadcast by Sky News.

The pair were browsing the food section just before 10.30pm local time on February 4 last year. Blissfully unaware of the security cameras, the pair chatted and laughed, relaxed and at ease with each other. At some point, the athlete leaned over and kissed Ms Steenkamp.

Prosecutors have charged the 27-year-old paralympian hero with the planned killing of his lover. The state is expected to show the couple had relationship problems, and call as witnesses neighbours who heard fighting and screaming the night of the shooting.

But Pistorius has insisted they were in love, and that he shot his 29-year-old girlfriend through a locked toilet door at his home believing she was an intruder.

His trial will open on Monday and is to be broadcast live. It will last at least three weeks.

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