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While on trial for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, Oscar Pistorius was accused of making a sinister remark to the slain women’s friend on Tuesday.
According to the Los Angeles Times, a lawyer for Steenkamp’s friend, Kim Myers, claimed that during court recess the Paralympian whispered “How can you sleep at night?” to her.
Her attorney, Ian Levitt said that Pistorius used a “very sinister tone” when he asked the question and Myers did not know what he meant.
The Irish Independent noted that Pistorius and his lawyers immediately denied that claim and said that the athlete has not spoken to Steenkamp’s friends or family at all during the trial. His lawyers called the claim “grossly untrue.”
However, a witness said that they saw Pistorius whisper something to Myers during the court break and she looked to be in shock by what he said. A police officer then approached her and inquired about the alleged remark.
“It was a sinister question. It was clearly an attempt to intimidate my client,” said Levitt.
Pistorius is accused of intentionally shooting Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day 2013. However, the double-amputee runner contends that he only shot the model after mistaking her for an intruder in his home. He has plead not guilty to murder.