PRETORIA - Oscar Pistorius faced a second day of gruelling cross-examination in his murder trial on Thursday, as the prosecution accused him of caring more about himself than the death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
Prosecution lawyer Gerrie Nel kept tearing into the 27-year-old's account of his relationship with Steenkamp, painting the star Paralympian sprinter as selfish and self-obsessed.
"It's all about 'I'. It's all about Mr Pistorius," Nel said, reading cell phone messages in which Steenkamp said she was upset and "scared" of Pistorius's behaviour.
Nel's fierce questioning on Wednesday brought Pistorius to tears and drew angry retorts and on Thursday the prosecutor quickly renewed his line of attack.
"In an attempt to evaluate your relationship, we rely on what you say, it was the other person in this relationship that was killed by you," he said bringing Pistorius to a tearful admission.
Nel also accused Pistorius of making a public apology to Steenkamp's parents just to make himself feel better.
"Did you feel better after the apology?" Nel asked facetiously.
Aside from the fireworks, the double amputee sprinter is likely to face persistent questions about the minutiae of what happened on Valentine's Day 2013, when he shot Steenkamp through a closed door in his flat in what prosecutors say was premeditated murder and Pistorius said was an accident.
Pistorius has blamed his lawyers for discrepancies between his accounts given at a bail hearing and in previous written testimony.
The state charges that Pistorius intentionally fired his gun at a closed bathroom door, knowing his model girlfriend was inside, after the couple argued.
But Pistorius says he fired the four shots that hit the 29-year-old law graduate, model and aspiring actress, thinking that she was an intruder coming out to attack him.