Oscar Pistorius- 10 Reasons Each For and Against His Guilt
Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp
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
- 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.
- 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
- Pistorius was vulnerable in that he had little chance of mobility without his prosthetic limbs while sleeping at night.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- His family, which includes his sister Aimee, brother Carl and father seem genuinely convinced of his innocence.
- Many South Africans seem convinced of his innocence.
- I have no other reason.
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.