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“Very nice and charming to us when they started dating,” Mr. Myers said. OscarPistorius initially used to come into the house, Mr. Myers said, but later just dropped Steenkamp off and picked her up when they began to date steadily, and he described the change as a lack of respect.

Mr. Myers recalled their first date and told the newspaper: “After that he wouldn’t leave her alone. He kept pestering her, phoning and phoning and phoning her.”

According to Mr. Myers, Steenkamp “told me he pushed her a bit into a corner. She felt caged in.”

Mr. Myers said he told Oscar Pistorius “not to force himself on her. Back off.” He said that after initially agreeing with him, it appeared that OscarPistorius soon took no heed.

Oscar Pistorius was born without fibula bones because of a congenital defect, and his legs were amputated when he was 11 months old. He has run on carbon-fiber blades and was originally banned from competing against able-bodied peers because many argued that his blades gave him an unfair advantage. He was later cleared to compete.

He is a multiple Paralympic medalist, and won a silver medal at the 2011 Daegu world championships with South Africa’s 4x400 relay team. But he failed to win a medal at the London Olympics, where he ran in the 400 meter race and the 4x400 relay race.

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AP Sports Writer Gerald Imray contributed from Pretoria. AP Writer Christopher Torchia contributed from Johannesburg.