A set of semi-naked photos that Reeva Steenkamp commissioned for an unidentified ‘special someone’ in the months leading up to her death have emerged.
The release of the images comes on the same day that Oscar Pistorius was told in court his trial over her alleged murder has been postponed until August 19 after prosecutors asked for more time to build the case against him.
The black and white images show the model lying on a bed in a range of poses.
The images were taken by photographer Garreth Barclay. ‘Most of the photos that I took of her aren’t even edited,’ Mr Barclay said. ‘That’s just how she is, you know.’
In one of the images, a tattoo on her back reading ‘Only God will judge me’ in Italian can be seen.
The phrase had personal significance for her as it ‘was something her grandfather had always said,’ according to friends.
The images were taken by photographer Garreth Barclay.
‘Most of the photos that I took of her aren’t even edited,’ Mr Barclay told CNN.
‘That’s just how she is, you know.
‘That’s just a simple colour grading that I put on it to give an effect or a mood, but I mean, her skin was always great, beautiful eyes, beautiful features.’
Delayed: Looking fit and healthy, the Paralympic champion stared straight ahead as his trial was delayed
Today the judge in the case warned that the Paralympic champion has faced ‘trial by media’ due to the relentless reporting on the high-profile case.
Pistorius, who made history when he competed in last year’s Olympics, has been on bail since February, when he was arrested following the death of model Miss Steenkamp.
Dressed in a dark suit and tie, Pistorius was calm and composed throughout the hearing.
Sipping from a bottle of water, he spoke only to confirm that he had understood after the magistrate confirmed that the hearing would be postponed and the same bail conditions would apply.
The South African athlete is expected to stand trial later this year or early next year.
Magistrate Daniel Thulare warned that Pistorius, 26, should be treated like any other defendant to ensure he receives a fair trial.
He said the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) should ‘seriously look’ at whether any of the coverage of the case had scandalised the court.
He also made a public appeal for anyone with information about the case to contact the authorities.
Mr Thulare told the hearing that reporters and court officials had a duty to ‘preserve the sanctity of the fountains of justice in the republic’, and avoid prejudicing the proceedings.
The trial will be ruled by a judge, with no jury so there is no danger of British-style contempt of court.
Support: Oscar Pistorius turns to talk to his sister Aimee, centre, and uncle Arnold Pistorius, left, while appearing in the court today
Comfort: Pistoruis’ younger sister Aimee puts a reassuring hand on her brother as he appears in the dock
Defence laywer Barry Roux told the court the defence team did not oppose an adjournment of the case to August 19.
Pre-trial issues are expected to be dealt with at the hearing on August 19.
Pistorius was arrested in the early hours of Valentine’s Day after he shot Miss Steenkamp, 29, through the door of the bathroom in the home they shared.
The sprinter, known as ‘Blade Runner’ thanks to his distinctive prosthetic limbs, has already admitted killing Miss Steenkamp by shooting her three times in his luxury Pretoria home.
However, he denies murder.
Instead he claims he killed his ‘beloved’ girlfriend by accident, firing through the locked toilet door while under the false impression that an intruder hid behind it.
An alleged love rival to Oscar Pistorius will testify against the fallen superstar in his upcoming murder trial, it has been disclosed.
Rugby player Francois Hougaard is included on a list of prosecution witnesses set to appear.
Hougaard, who as well as playing professional rugby also does modelling work, is a close friend and former boyfriend of Miss Steenkamp’s.
Unconfirmed reports have claimed that the 24-year-old exchanged text messages with the bikini model on the night she died. Hougaard refuses to comment.
Miss Steenkamp was holding her mobile phone when she was shot inside the toilet.
Trial: Also on the prosecution list is Pistorius’ ex girlfriend Samatha Taylor who prior to Reeva’s death said of his then new relationship: ‘Oscar has such a way with women. She’s probably not the only one he’s got. Oscar is certainly not what people think he is’
South Africa’s criminal prosecution service has charged Pistorius with ‘pre-meditated murder’ – a crime which attracts an automatic life prison sentence.
Despite the severity of the charge, however, Pistorius, who admits keeping a small arsenal of guns, has managed to remain out of jail while the case against him proceeds.
Under the terms of his bail he must live at his uncle Arnold’s house and can have no contact with any witnesses. He is permitted to train and even to travel abroad.
Pistorius has mostly kept out of the public eye since he secured bail. Media reported that in April he partied at a nightclub in a Johannesburg suburb after his bail conditions were relaxed the previous month.
The Pistorius camp said the matter was blown out of proportion and he went out for a quiet dinner with friends after spending weeks in the house with family.
The provisional list of witnesses lined up to give evidence against the limbless Paralympian was revealed by South Africa’s eNCA television news channel.
Also on the prosecution list, according to the channel, is Pistorius’ ex girlfriend Samatha Taylor – like Miss Steenkamp, a blonde model – who prior to Reeva’s death said of his then new relationship: ‘Oscar has such a way with women. She’s probably not the only one he’s got. Oscar is certainly not what people think he is.’
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After Miss Steenkamp’s death, Miss Taylor’s mother wrote on Facebook: ‘I am so glad that Sammy is safe and sound and out of the clutches of that man – there were a few occasions where things could have gone wrong with her and his gun during the time they dated.’
Also on the witness list are a dozen of Pistorius’ neighbours from the high security Silver Woods housing estate where the incident took place.
South Africa’s prosecution has already revealed in court that some of these neighbours heard loud shouting coming from Pistorius’ home on the evening Reeva died.
Evidence, the prosecution say, that Oscar Pistorius and his girlfriend argued bitterly before he shot her.
This weekend Oscar Pistorius’ family issued a press release in which they said that the athlete is seeking solace in his Christian faith.
Golden couple: This photo taken days before Pistorius shot the model, provides a moving insight into the life of the lovers. But Reeva Steenkamp’s mother claims the pair were arguing frequently in the weeks leading up to her death and the model told her mother she was afraid of being in his company
She also revealed that his finances have taken a hit, as his expensive lawyer’s legal fees and the loss of sponsorship deals make an impact.
‘He has lost a lot of sponsors but there will always be bread on the table’, she said.
The athlete’s coach Ampie Louw told the BBC: ‘Physically, he’s in good shape. Mentally he’s up and down. This is going to be a long road.’
Pistorius’ family yesterday said they will ‘support him every step of the way’ and ‘fully stand behind’ him.
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