The trial of Oscar Pistorius began over the untimely murder of Reeva Steenkamp along with several other gun related charges. While South Africa’s High Court opened up on March 3rd 2014, it wasn’t until the 11th and 12th of September that the Honorable Judge Thokozile Masipa delivered her verdict of not guilty on the count of murder. However, Pistorius was held guilty on the count of culpable homicide of his former girlfriend as well as reckless endangerment with a firearm at a restaurant. He was handed a prison sentence of a max of five years and a concurrent three year suspended prison sentence for the separate endangerment charge.
Steenkamp was a model, shot and killed by Pistorius in his Pretorian home. Though he did acknowledge shooting her, he still claims to have mistaken her for an intruder. As a leading South African runner, he initially won attention for being a strong competitive athlete with a disability in the 2012 Summer Olympics and numerous Paralympic Games. Pistorius was originally arrested and charged back in February of 2013.
South African author, Brenda Wardle has covered the case extensively with her legal analysis. Given her three law degrees and vast experience in many high profile cases, Wardle has shown her take on the matter to be an invaluable additional asset for the media. As she reported, both the prosecution and the defense had stated Pistorius fired 4 shots through his locked toilet door which hit Steenkamp three times. However, prosecutor Gerrie Nel claimed that Oscar had to walk across the room to the bathroom after putting on his prosthetic legs to intentionally kill Steenkamp.
Pistorius still maintains that he believed Steenkamp had been in bed and that the person in the bathroom was an intruder. With the chief investigating officer Hilton Botha reporting at the bail hearing that a witness heard shots from the home prior to a female’s screams and more gunshots, Brenda Wardle’s views on the case have been rather enlightening as she shines light on the facts. Wardle has been a guest routinely throughout the trial and during the appeal of the State in this case for media in South Africa and abroad alike. As more and more articles are published, she continues to shed light on the nooks and crannies of this very intriguing and controversial case which has rocked so many in South Africa to the core.
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