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Oscar Pistorius Breaks 5-Month Twitter Silence To Post Series Of Bizarre Messages

14/07/2014 15:20 BST | Updated 14/07/2014 15:59 BST

Oscar Pistorius has broken his long-standing Twitter silence with a series of cryptic spiritual messages

As the high-profile sprinter waits to find out whether he will be convicted of murder, the 27-year-old told his 355,000 followers: "The Lord is close to the broken-hearted."

Like any modern athlete, Pistorius was previously a regular on Twitter, constantly promoting what he was up to.

But the tweets stopped abruptly on Valentine's Day 2013, the day he fatally shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp after, he says, mistaking her for an intruder.

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Pistorius appears to have returned to Twitter after months of silence

Besides two identical tweets on the first anniversary of Reeva's death that were just links to his website, he has been silent ever since, as he has sat in the dock accused of Steenkamp's murder in a trial televised to millions across the world.

Until now.

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In the last 24 hours, the Olympian has tweeted four times, all pictures that contain cryptic messages that could allude to his current plight.

The first was a biblical verse, from the books of Psalms. It was pasted over an image of what looked like the borders of the American state of Oklahoma.

For his second tweet, he posted various images of Pistorius of children who are, like him, double amputees, with the message: "You have the ability to make a difference in someone's life.

"Sometimes it's the simplest things you say or do that can make someone feel better or inspire them."

The third tweet is an open page of a book of text, which included the italicised phrase: "The salvation of man is in love and through love."

A finger, possibly Pistorius's, rests towards the bottom of the page from Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl's book "Man's Search For Meaning".

Pistorius then finished with a Christian prayer.

At his trial, Pistorius has been accused of deliberately shooting Steenkamp, 29, after they argued.

The trial broke for several weeks while Pistorius underwent a psychiatric assessment over whether he suffered from a condition that made him excessively anxious and fearful, which could reinforce his defence that he shot Steenkamp after being startled by a noise he thought was an intruder.

Though it concluded he did not suffer a medical condition, the court heard he was "hyper vigilant" and always scanning for threats.

The case has been adjourned until early next month, when the prosecution and defence will make sentencing arguments and the judge will pass sentence.

Pistorius faces 25 years in prison if convicted of Steenkamp's pre-meditated murder.