Oscar Pistorius Murder Trial to Begin in South Africa Sept 13, 2014 7:19:07 GMT
Post by Admin on Sept 13, 2014 7:19:07 GMT
Oscar Pistorius’s former girlfriend has spoken of her terrifying relationship with the “angry and possessive” Paralympian. Samantha Taylor said she feared he would kill her and revealed she once hid his gun after he flew into a rage at her.
Pistorius, 27, was cleared of murder yesterday, but he could still be jailed today for shooting dead his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. And ahead of the verdict, Samantha, 20, said: “It could have been me.” Samantha said she was left with bruises and scars after the Blade Runner bit and pinched her, but she was also tortured mentally by him during the 18-month relationship.
She said: “Oscar used to lock me in his house and then go out. I had no food, I couldn’t get out. It was dangerous. “He often went out saying he will just be an hour or so and ended up out all day or night. I wouldn’t hear from him all night and his phone would be off. “He would say he’s going out for an hour and the next day, three in the morning, he would drive home.”
She also described how he once left her paralysed with fear when he used his beloved Porsche as a weapon, driving her at up to 200mph to “punish” her. Pistorius shot Reeva, 29, on Valentine’s Day 2013. And since that moment, Samantha has had nightmares. Shuddering, she said: “What happened to Reeva Steenkamp could so easily have happened to me. I definitely think that could have been me – without a doubt – many, many, many times.” Samantha first met Pistorius in 2010 when she was 16 and he was 23 at a rugby match, but they did not start dating for another year.
Speaking of one ordeal, she said: “He gets so mad, so angry he can’t even speak. “He was trying to string his words together, spitting, shouting, grabbing. It was horrible. He used to bite me a lot, pinch me in anger and in fun. I had bruises and scars. It was painful.” Another time the couple rowed when he accused her of sticking up for one of her ex-boyfriends. She said: “I was really scared. He made me stand on the stairs and shouted at me. It was like I was on the naughty step.” But one night, things got so bad she thought he was going to shoot her at his home in Pretoria, South Africa, with the gun he would later turn on Reeva.
Samantha said: “I had to hide his gun, I was so scared of him. We had friends over for dinner, at his house and we’d all had a little to drink but I think he was going for one that night. He was on the hard liquor. He moved all the couches and set the floor on fire and danced around it. It was a marble floor and he used alcohol to light it on fire. He slipped and he chipped his tooth. But because he was so drunk he thought I’d beaten him up. He started screaming at me. He was looking for his gun. He was saying I was a bitch because I beat him up. ‘What kind of person are you? You bitch.’ I felt threatened. Both of us went upstairs to bed and I was walking a bit in front of him."