The “Blade Runner” Oscar Pistorius, Faces First Degree Murder Charges

Posted: August 22, 2013 in RECENT EVENTS
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By Jason Sutcliffe

Oscar Pistorius A.K.A. “The Blade Runner” was a national hero and an inspiration when he fought with the Olympic Committee, and broke down barriers becoming the first double leg amputee to participate in the Olympic games.

Everything he worked for is now tainted and may be lost as he finds himself in a courtroom fighting for his life

Oscar Pistorius will face first-degree murder charges in the death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. In the early hours of Valentines Day 2013, Oscar Pistorius fired 4 shots through his bathroom door killing Reeva Steenkamp.

That is where it stands right now. Both sides have a very different story they will tell when the trial kicks off on March 3rd 2014, in South Africa’s capital city of Pretoria.

It is the prosecution’s contention that Pistorius after having an argument with Steenkamp fired four shots through the bathroom door murdering her in cold blood. They will call 107 witnesses in an effort to prove that is what happened on that fateful night.

There witnesses range from the family of both Steenkamp and Pistorius, to neighbours and employees of the gated community. It is said that many witnesses will claim to have heard a women scream, a pause, four gun shots and then more screaming.

The defence will try to convince the judge that Oscar Pistorius was in a vulnerable position with out his prosthetic legs, and mistook Reeva as an intruder hiding in the bathroom. At which time he fired four shots through the door. Their defence is as simple as that, or that is what it would seem any way.

There is no death penalty in South Africa so if convicted of first-degree, premeditated murder he will serve life in prison, which carries a minimum of 25 years in South Africa. The prosecution also claims that even if Pistorius did believe it was an intruder, he fired through the door with the intention of killing whom ever was in there, so that in itself carries a sentence of 15 years.

Oscar Pistorius has also been charged with possession of unauthorized ammunition.

As the charges were read in court, Pistorius was holding hands with his siblings, and openly weeping. He was granted bail and is allowed to continue to travel and compete as long as he complies with the court stipulations.

I am sure as we get closer to trial more details will come to the surface in regards to what took place on that dreadful night.

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