Oscar Pistorius, South Africa’s favorite paralympics runner, is about to go on trial for the murder of his girlfriend, 29-year-old Reeva Steenkamp.
Steenkamp was enjoying much success in her career as a model, but also had the brains to match her beauty. She was a law graduate who had high hopes and aspirations before her life was tragically cut short.
The couple were young, attractive, enjoyed a high-profile relationship, and were often in the eye of the media. They were also very well known and respected in South Africa’s higher social echelons.
All of this changed suddenly on Valentine’s Day last year when Steenkamp was shot by Pistorius through a locked bathroom door in his Pretoria home. Oscar Pistorius claims that he mistook his girlfriend for an intruder, but the prosecution claims he murdered her following a heated argument.
Having won numerous gold medals – and run in the London Olympics – Pistorius’ destiny has now changed course as he faces a judge and jury – and a prosecution which wants to convict him for cold blooded murder in what is already slated to be one of the “murder trials of the century”.
Scores of journalists have descended on the South African Town of Pretoria to follow the murder trial, which starts on Monday 3rd March, and report it to the masses. Parts of the trial will be televised and will reach literally millions of viewers worldwide.
The charges against Oscar Pistorius include premeditated murder, a firearms charge and two separate gun indictments related to previous incidents. If he is convicted of the charges against him Pistorius will be looking at a potential life sentence.
The defendant said he heard noises coming from the bathroom in the middle of the night and charged towards to the bathroom door with a gun and fired. He said in his court affidavit: “I felt a sense of terror rushing over me. There are no burglar bars across the bathroom window and I knew that contractors who worked at my house had left the ladders outside.”
Pistorius continued: “It filled me with horror and fear of an intruder or intruders being inside the toilet. I thought he or they must have entered through the unprotected window. As I did not have my prosthetic legs on and felt extremely vulnerable, I knew I had to protect Reeva and myself.”
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