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The Curious Case of Oscar Pitorius

March 7, 2014

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Oscar Pitorius, the South African athlete known as the Blade Runner who made history at the London 2012 Olympics Games, is now facing life behind bars for the murder of his girlfriend on 14 February 2013.

Currently on trial in the Pretoria High Court, Pistorius broke down in tears and almost vomited yesterday as his neighbour recalled the moment he found him cradling Reeva Steenkamp’s dead body at his home.

The 27-year-old athlete wept and put his hands over his ears, unable to listen as radiologist Dr Johan Stipp gave evidence at his trial for murdering his girlfriend.

Mr Stipp went over to Pistorius’ house after hearing screams and gunfire in the early hours of the morning, a court in Pretoria heard.

Concerned there may be people needing medical assistance, he drove round to see if he could offer any help.

After being let into the house he said he saw the body of a woman “lying on the floor at the bottom the stairs”.

“I also noticed a man on the left hand side,” he said.

“He was on his knees, he had his left hand on her right groin and his right hand, his second and third fingers, in her mouth.

“The first thing he said was ‘I shot her, I thought she was a burglar and I shot her’.”

Mr Stipp then gave a graphic account of the catastrophic injuries Reeva had suffered and how he soon realised she was “mortally wounded”.

He described seeing “brain tissue in her hair” at which point Pistorius appeared to retch and was passed a plastic bag by a policeman.

Mr Stipp said she had no pulse and her hand was “clenching down on Oscar’s fingers”.

Pistorius was in tears, he said, and begging for Reeva “not to die”.

Prosecutors said they have enough evidence to prove Pistorius killed his girlfriend with “direct intention,” following a heated Valentine’s night argument between the two.

“The accused killed the deceased because of the argument,” reads a prosecution report obtained by The Gutter Trash. “Some of the State witnesses heard a woman scream, followed by moments of silence, then heard gunshots,” the indictment said.

The report specifically detailed that one witness recounted: “The screams were extinguished at the same time of the last shots.”

The number and direction of the shots fired also indicates Pistorius intended to kill the person behind the closed bathroom door, according to the prosecution.

The report notes Pistorius called his friends, but not the police, immediately after the shooting, and when a security guard contacted the Olympian after the incident, “he indicated that everything was fine.”

 

Lastly, the daytime clothes Steenkamp was wearing and two iPhones she had in the bathroom with her seem to dispel the defense’s claim that the model had simply gotten out of bed to use the bathroom unbeknownst to Pistorius.

What do you think, guilty or not guilty?

 

 

 

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. Walrus permalink
    March 7, 2014 10:34 am

    “What do you think, guilty or not guilty?”

    Does Craig Thomson like hookers ?

  2. egg permalink
    March 7, 2014 11:10 am

    Death penalty for steroid freaks.

  3. March 7, 2014 1:13 pm

    Roses are red,

    Violets are glorious,

    Never piss off,

    Oscar Pistorious…

  4. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 8, 2014 12:58 am

    I read that Sth Africa has the world’s highest rate of femicide.

    Heart of Oscar’s defence: Imagined threat of a black stranger:

    http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2014-03-03-heart-of-oscars-defence-imagined-threat-of-a-black-stranger/#.UxnMmPnSoWY

    …This imaginary body, of the paranoid imaginings of suburban South Africa, has lurked like a bogeyman at the periphery of this story for the past year. It is the threatening body, nameless and faceless, of an armed and dangerous black intruder.

    It is this “third” body that will be the most important, even though, as everyone knew as soon as that now famous bathroom door was opened, it did not exist. That was Steenkamp dying there and she had made that fatal female error of being in the wrong place at the wrong time…

  5. armchair opionator permalink
    March 8, 2014 8:32 am

    Yes egg
    Women have more cause to fear violence in their own homes than anywhere else, here in Australia it is also the great unspoken shame.

  6. egg permalink
    March 8, 2014 9:41 am

    Then there is that recent Sydney case where Simon Gittany went down for 26 years. It should have been for the rest of his natural life.

  7. egg permalink
    March 8, 2014 10:13 pm

    ‘Three-quarters of all women killed in NSW die at the hands of their loved ones, an official statistic that has led NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione to warn that domestic violence is one of the ”biggest issues modern society has to face”.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/revealed-the-women-we-failed-20140307-34cs2.html#ixzz2vMv5oGnv

  8. March 12, 2014 3:28 pm

    l noticed Oscar is taking a bit of a pounding for his gun-nuttery.

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