The Pistorius Case

The first time I heard about Oscar Pistorius shooting his girlfriend in his home I was stunned beyond words.

Here’s this guy who has overcome so many challenges and prejudice to become the face of amputee sports globally. And now he’s defending himself against premeditated murder charges. 

For those who haven’t read about the news or watched CNN in a long time here’s what happened (at least what I’ve managed to distill from all the various stories flying around).

In a nutshell he shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp three times, once in the head when she was in the bathroom. He thought he had just shot a burglar but was shocked when he opened the door to find his girlfriend instead. She later died in his arms before the ambulance could come. He later said he thought she was in bed.

Now a couple questions have cropped up in my mind about the incident. Biggest of them all is , and I’m serious, what kind of burglar would come to your house in the dead of night and take a shit before or after the robbery has occurred  Fine, may be in South Africa where gun crimes, armed robbery and rape are as common as the air they breath the first thing you do when you suspect someone is using your toilet is to grab a gun, shoot first and find out who the intruder is after.

I’m not doubting Pistorius’ story. As improbable as it might be it could end up being true. But in saying this, his story is one hell of a story to corroborate with no witnesses around. 

Another new development in the case is the discrediting of a key testimony, that of Officer Hilton Botha, as he has been charged with seven counts of attempted murder in an incident that happen in 2011. Even though the charges were dropped with regard to the minibus shooting, they were reinstated after he testified to deny Pistorius bail.

Waiting eagerly to see how this drama unfolds.

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