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Oscar Pistorius broke his public silence by posting on Twitter a string of peculiar messages which hinted at his continuing pain and turmoil.

The fallen star posted religious messages and one about a form of psychology.

It was the Paralympian's first public statement outside of the Pretoria trial since Valentine's Day, when he marked the anniversary of Reeva Steenkamp's death with a message.

In his new posts, Pistorius published a prayer:

There was also a passage by a 20th century psychologist named Viktor Frankl, who developed theories about how to deal with tragedy and overcome difficulties.

But not all Twitter users took the 27-year-old's pronouncements as he intended. Some on the social networking site branded it a public relations exercise.

Pistorius is awaiting the verdict in his murder trial - along with the rest of the world.

Pistorius often cut a broken figure in court during his murder trial for shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day, last year.

Proceedings were slated to last only three weeks in March, but have dragged on with a verdict due early next month.

Pistorius denies murder and claims he thought Steenkamp was an intruder in his luxury home. The prosecution claims he shot her dead in a fury following an argument.