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Oscar Pistorius- 10 Reasons Each For and Against His Guilt

Updated on April 16, 2014

Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp

Background

Oscar Pistorius, the 26- year- old Paralympian athlete, shot his girlfriend of three months dead on Valentine's Day, 2013. That is a fact. The 29 -year-old model, Reeva Steenkamp was shot four times by Pistorius and found in a bloody mess with a fatal injury to her head. Pistorius, who is currently on trial for murder in his native South Africa, has said in in his defence that he thought he was shooting at an intruder. Here are 10 reasons why we should believe him and 10 reasons why we should not.

Why We Should Believe Pistorius


  1. Pistorius was paranoid about intruders entering his home. British sports Journalist, John McEvoy who interviewed him in 2012, spotted a cricket bat, a baseball bat, a pistol by his bed and a machine gun propped on a wall on entering the same home where the athlete shot Steenkamp dead.
  2. South Africa has a reputation for intruders. Many middle-class South Africans have 10 feet walls surrounding their properties, with guard dogs and security cameras to alert owners of the high probability of violent robberies. In 2011, South Africa's murder rate per 100,000 residents was 30.9, while the murder rate in the United States was 4.7
  3. Pistorius was vulnerable in that he had little chance of mobility without his prosthetic limbs while sleeping at night.
  4. Pistorius said that in the early morning hours of Feb. 14, 2013, he woke up and heard a noise in the bathroom. He claims he thought Steenkamp was still in bed. It was dark.
  5. Pistorius says he grabbed his gun from under his bed and screamed at the supposed intruder to get out. He says he noticed the bathroom window was open and he thought the intruder was in the toilet area, which has a separate door, because the door was closed and he heard movement.
  6. Pistorius remembered there were no bars on the bathroom windows, and thought contractors working on the property had left ladders outside leaving it possible for intruders to enter.
  7. Pistorius claims it wasn't until later (after the shooting) that he realized Steenkamp wasn't in bed. He says it only “dawned upon me” that Steenkamp might be in the bathroom. He states after he went back to the bedroom and put his legs on that Reeva might be inside the bathroom.
  8. His family, which includes his sister Aimee, brother Carl and father seem genuinely convinced of his innocence.
  9. Many South Africans seem convinced of his innocence.
  10. I have no other reason.

On trial

10 Reasons Why We Should Not Believe Pistorius

1. Pistorius has on previous occasions lied and implicated others to escape the law. There was the 2009 boating incident, where he crashed his boat into a pier under the influence of alcohol and without a license. He was not charged. He has fired a gun on two separate incidents, one in a crowded restaurant but got a friend to take the rap and through the sunroof of a car.

2. Pistorius was a gun nut and evidently was gung-ho in his usage. He carried a firearm with him at all times.

3. Pistorius has a temper. He threw a tantrum at the 2012 London Paralympics when pipped to the post by Alan Oliveira in the T44 200 metre race. Pistorius said it was “an unfair race” because Oliveira was wearing elongated running blades which added about four inches to his height and, more pertinently, his stride length. Pistorius had previously won his place at the able-bodied London Olympics in the 400m race by challenging the IAAF to the Court of Arbitration for Sport stating that running blades offered no advantage over able-bodied runners. He is capable of contradiction when it suits.

4. Steenkamp had complained of Pistorius’ possessiveness and insecurity to a friend. During the trial there was a text message used as evidence she had sent to him stating “I do everything to make you happy and to not say anything to rock the boat with u. You do everything to throw tantrums in front of people,” two and a half weeks before he killed her. She also wrote on another occasion, “I’m scared of you sometimes and how u snap at me and of how you will react to me.” In another text she wrote “I might joke around and be all Tom boyish at times but I regard myself as a lady and I didn’t feel like one tonight after the way you treated me when we left. I can’t be attacked by outsiders for dating you and be attacked by you — the one person I deserve protection from.”

5. Why did Pistorius not check that Steenkamp was in the bed next to him when he thought he heard an intruder? Fear and paranoia aside, it could be argued that a normal instinct would be to check the whereabouts of others in the house.

6. When he shot through the bathroom door twice, neighbours heard screaming, which sounded like a woman’s voice. Why did Pistorius not stop shooting on hearing such screaming? He continued to shoot finally killing Steenkamp.

7. Why was the bathroom door locked? Was Steenkamp deliberately hiding from Pistorius? Neighbours have stated that they heard raised voices earlier on from the property suggesting an argument.

8. Pistorius had never apologized or spoke to Steenkamp’s grieving parents until he appeared on trial on April 7th, when on view to the whole world.

9. Pistorius’ performance on trial has been excruciatingly theatrical with spectacles of throwing up and whining self-serving and self-pitying sentiment leaving us thinking if he is really sorry for violently taking the life of a young woman.

10. His testimony is full of holes, which is now under the cross-sectioning of no-nonsense prosecutor Gerrie Nel and will be ripped apart mercilessly.

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      maggie m. 2 years ago

      oscar's story is unbelievable. he kept on shouting to reeva to call the police yet never did himself. The person inside that small cubicle had no chance at all. He did not give them any...he did not inform them that he was armed, nor wait for any response from them, Did he expect Reeva to tell him that she was going to the loo. Who shoots noises in the bathroom with a high powered gun. He knew the gun laws. He is guilty of the murder of a defenseless person who was given no chance of survival. Four shots guaranteed her death.

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      Natasha Pelati 3 years ago from South Africa

      Good article and I have also been following the case from the beginning. I live in South Africa and we do have a great crime rate but I live comfortably and yes there are times where we do hear a noise and feel we have to investigate it but it is a natural reaction to check on the safety and whereabouts of those you love, who are in the home with you. From his own testimony and the testimony of witnesses it should not be culpable homicide but the law works with facts and hard evidence which lacked in this case.

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      milk 3 years ago

      I think he is a lying murdering git. It's all about him not Reeva's death or her parents and families great loss.

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      Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      I found this hub quite interesting and certainly well-written. IMO, you are as fair as possible in offering 10 reasons per side. Sadly, there really isn't anything profound in terms of "believing" Oscar. He has no one to blame but himself for this.

      I think we can all see where this will ultimately end. It will not be pleasant for Oscar. It seems undeniable he will pay his debt for having killed Reeva.

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