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Reeva wanted to leave, court hears

Reeva Steenkamp wanted to leave her boyfriend Oscar Pistorius's house on the morning she was shot dead, the High Court in Pretoria heard on Monday.

Cross-examining Pistorius, prosecutor Gerrie Nel said that was the only reason why Steenkamp’s jeans were outside her overnight bag on that morning.

“Isn’t it that she wanted to get dressed and leave?” Nel asked the paralympic athlete.

“Why would she pack everything else and leave the jeans out?”

He pointed out that Steenkamp was a very neat person as all her clothes and undergarments were neatly packed in the overnight bag she had carried to Pistorius’s home that day.

The only other item of clothing outside the bag was Steenkamp’s “slops”.

Nel also questioned Pistorius on why her slops had been placed on the left-hand side of the bed while Reeva slept on the right.

“There was not much space on the right,” Pistorius said, adding that, among other things, there was a couch on that side of the bed.

He kept his focus on Judge Thokozile Masipa as he answered.

Pistorius is on trial for Steenkamp’s murder.

He shot her through a locked bathroom door on Valetine’s Day last year.

He claims to have mistaken her for an intruder.

The State argues that it was premeditated.

– Sapa

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