The Curious Case of Oscar Pitorius
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.
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?