Oscar Pistorius – Tale of the Broken Blade Runner
The reality drama continues to captivate audiences around the world as “Blade Runner”- South African athlete-Oscar Pistorius has remained on trial for 4 gruelling weeks over the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Continuously breaking down under cross-examination by chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel, “the fastest man without legs” seems to be sinking just as fast as he runs in the presence of the world, as the media gives access to everyone to watch closely as events unfurl in the court room. With major resilience shown by the chief prosecutor-Nel, who repeatedly pushed him about details of the night when he shot Steenkamp through the bathroom door of his gated-community home, Pistorius seems like a man in a canoe, up the creek, without a paddle.
Nel ended his cross-examination after challenging the Olympian for five days of testimony about how he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year. Nel said he had no further questions late Tuesday morning after presenting his case that Pistorius is lying in his account of mistakenly shooting Steenkamp, and that the double-amputee runner killed her intentionally after an argument. Pistorius’ own defense lawyer, Barry Roux, spent only minutes cross-examining his client, asking Pistorius to describe his emotions as he held a gun pointed at the closed toilet cubicle door before firing the shots that killed his girlfriend. Pistorius replied that he was riddled with “terror” and feared for his life. He was then dismissed from the witness box and allowed to return to his seat in the courtroom.
Most people seem to be leaning towards a guilty verdict and have played judge and jury where it pertains to this peculiar case with an entire African channel dedicated to showing court proceedings-making it the most “celebrated” case the world over after the Oj Simpson and the Michael Jackson chronicles. Within households, neighbourhoods and different social media platforms, rich discourse springs up making the case look practically over before it even began. Critically looking at the facts surrounding the case, Pistorius could still get off with a lighter sentence based on many technicalities.
The Olympian maintains that he mistook the 29-year-old model for an intruder. “My defense is I heard the noise, I didn’t have time to think, I fired out of fear,” the athlete said just before he broke down on the stand-7 days ago. Pistorius’ story has come under intense scrutiny from Nel, who accused the defendant of “tailoring evidence to create a more convincing story.” Poking holes into Pistorius’ story of not hearing Reeva go into the bathroom.
Alleged inconsistencies between Pistorius’ bail statement and his witness testimony regarding the noise he heard also gave Nel something to chew on. “I’m saying, and it’s the state’s case, Mr Pistorius, that she wanted to leave and that you weren’t sleeping, you were both awake,” said Nel, asking why the jeans- Oscar claimed Reeva went to pick up in the bathroom were not in her otherwise impeccably packed bag. Nel then asked Pistorius if he recalled what he screamed at the intruder in the bathroom. “I screamed, I said ‘get the f— out of my house,” says Pistorius, his voice vacillating with feeling. “If there’s somebody in your house in the middle of the night, I’m sure anybody would want to chase them out,” he added, breaking down to the point that Judge Thokozile Masipa ordered a recess.
The State Prosecutor then asked the judge for a break in the trial that would begin later this week and end on May 5, due to other work commitments and “personal arrangements” made by prosecution and defense lawyers in the Easter holiday period. Roux agreed with Nel’s request. Judge Masipa said she would respond to the request on Wednesday the 23rd of April, 2014. Pistorius stands accused of murder, first-degree murder and culpable homicide. He still denies all charges. Oscar “Blade Runner” Pistorius faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted of premeditated murder.