Briefly, in a statement to the court, Oscar Pistorius has set out his version of events on the night Reeva Steenkamp died.
He said they went to bed and fell asleep.
He woke to close a sliding door and get a fan and went out on to the balcony, he said.
At that point he heard a noise in the bathroom and felt a "sense of terror" rush through him.
He was scared and didn't switch on the light, he said.
He was acutely aware of violent crime and had received death threats in the past, and had been a victim of crime in the past, he said. For that reason he kept a 9mm pistol under the bed.
He said he got his gun and moved towards the bathroom, and screamed at the "intruder" to get out of the house and for Steenkamp to call the police. He thought she was still in bed.
He did not have his prosthetic legs on, and said he felt vulnerable for both himself and Steenkamp. For that reason, he said, he fired through the bathroom door.
He then saw that Steenkamp was not in bed, he said. That was when he realised she could have been in the bathroom, he said. The bathroom door was locked.
He said he went to the balcony and called for help, and then put his legs on.
He said he opened the toilet door by smashing it with a cricket bat. Steenkamp was alive inside, slumped over, he said. He took her to the bathroom, called paramedics and tried to carry her downstairs to get help, he said.
He tried to revive her but she died in his arms, he said.
Here are today’s key points:
• Oscar Pistorius has given his account of the night his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp died at his house in Pretoria. In a statement read out by his lawyer, the Paralympic and Olympic star said the two were in bed asleep on Wednesday night when he got up and went to the balcony to close a sliding door and get a fan. He heard a noise in the bathroom and assumed it was an intruder, he said. Feeling vulnerable without his prosthetic legs, he got his gun and shot through the door, he said. He then saw that Steenkamp was not in bed, he said. He broke the bathroom door down with a cricket bat, he said; Steenkamp was still alive but died in his arms. He denied that he had murdered her, saying nothing could be further from the truth.
• The prosecution gave a different version of events. Prosecutor Gerrie Nel said there was an argument before the shooting, and laterPistorius got up from bed, put on his prosthetic legs, armed himself, walked seven metres to the toilet door and shot Steenkamp four times; three of the shots killed her. Even if he thought she was a burglar, it was still premeditated murder, Nel said. But he asked why a burglar would lock himself in the toilet.
• Magistrate Desmond Nair ruled that Pistorius should be charged with premeditated murder, a “category six” offence that will make it very difficult for the defendant to be granted bail. Pistorius must argue that there are “exceptional circumstances” that mean he should get bail. In his statement Pistorius stressed that he would not leave the country if granted bail and intended to stand trial. He said he would surrender his passport and would not interfere with witnesses, saying he knew of none in this case. Nair did suggest at one point that he may change his mind about categorising the offence as schedule six once he had heard all the evidence.
• Pistorius, the world’s best known disabled athlete, broke down frequently throughout the hearing, which was adjourned at one point to allow him to compose himself. In his statement he said he was “mortified” at having killed Steenkamp and could not stand how much hurt he had caused. He said he and Steenkamp had been “deeply in love”.
• The funeral of Reeva Steenkamp was held this morning in the coastal South African city of Port Elizabeth.
• Pistorius will be held overnight at Brooklyn police station in Pretoria. The bail hearing will continue tomorrow at 9am local time (7am GMT). I hope you can join me again then.
Originally posted by magma
His side of the story is suspect.
Unless he is super paranoid, he had a long drawn out roid argument, lost his mind and shot her dead.
He will get life in prison. It is tragic and sad. She lost her life. He caused her loss of life. If it was me I would kill myself in shame and grief.
Is there a precedent for Pistorius in the Rudi Visagie case?
Originally posted by eletheia
Is evidence never tested in SA?
I get the feeling that 'the old boys network' is closing ranks and favours are getting called in for "the golden boy"
#OscarPistorius Nel: Why were two cellphones, next to gun on carpet in bathroom? Why?
Originally posted by Power_Semi
No, I'M NOT psychic (because psychic abilities don't exist).........
Pistorius will be found NOT GUILTY.
Even though it's pretty obvious that he almost certainly did do it (why had she locked herself in the bathroom at night in her own home, etc), the lead detective has been removed from the case.
He was certain it was murder.
The PTB don't want him convicted of murder because it will "look bad" he's "a national treasure" and a "beacon of light for disabled people" - whatever all that means.
So, the lead detective is arrested on murder charges to completely and totaly discredit him, and a yes man is brought in to find him not guilty.
This is not criminal investigation at work, it's political shennanigans and is totally bang out of order.
A young woman has lost her life and it's all going to be swept under the carpet because he's too important to go to jail for what he did.
Totally sucks.edit on 21-2-2013 by Power_Semi because: (no reason given)