Could the Oscar Pistorius tragedy have been prevented?

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Oscar Pistorius

Oscar Pistorius Trial – Could it have been prevented?

The trial of Oscar Pistorius is under way and one cannot help but wonder if it all could have been prevented.

According to court documents, Pistorius stated that he had heard a noise from the bathroom adjacent to his bedroom on the second floor of his luxury house in a security estate in Pretoria. He heard the noise in the early morning hours and allegedly felt vulnerable. He was not wearing his prosthetic legs at that time. Pistorius wrote in his original affidavit that he had been burglarized before and that he suspected that an intruder was in the bathroom.

Oscar Pistorius further stated the following: “There are no burglar bars across the bathroom window and I knew that contractors who worked at my house had left the ladders outside.”

“It filled me with horror and fear of an intruder or intruders being inside the toilet. I thought he or they must have entered through the unprotected window.”

Why did he not have burglar bars on the windows?

Oscar Pistorius fear of South African crime

The website of Silverwoods Country Estate advertises the security of the estate as follows: “The estate is enclosed with a solid, elec­tri­fied secu­rity wall with strict access con­trol uti­liz­ing the lat­est secu­rity mea­sures through­out the estate. Regard­ing secu­rity as a high pri­or­ity, the ser­vices of a spe­cial­ist secu­rity con­sul­tant have been used to ensure the use of the lat­est technology.”

Although Oscar Pistorius says that he is anxious about South African crime, he still resided in a safer environment than the majority of his countrymen.

Why did he not have burglar bars on the windows if he felt unsafe? His home is part of a security estate, a safe environment. But, still … if he felt unsafe, he could have added security measures a long time ago, couldn’t he?

No burglar bars on windows of the Oscar Pistorius house

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Oscar Pistorius Home

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Could this entire tragedy have been averted if he had fitted burglar bars on the windows? Would he not have felt safer? Would he possibly have been less prone to having an alleged gun fetish?

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Faberge eggs for Easter

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The Origin of the Faberge egg

Fabergé eggs are jewelled eggs created by Peter Carl Fabergé from 1885 to 1917. The eggs were created for Tsar Alexander III and Nicholas II, being special Easter gifts for their wives and mothers. These Fabergé eggs were also called Imperial Fabergé eggs.  A total of around 50 eggs were made and 42 are still in existence today.

The very first Fabergé egg was made for Tsar Alexander III during 1885 as an Easter gift to his wife, Maria Fedorovna. This egg became widely known as the Hen Egg and was crafted from gold, with an enameled shell and a golden yolk.

Maria was in awe of the Fabergé egg and Alexander promptly appointed Mr Fabergé as the Imperial Jeller, at the same time commissioning another egg for the following year. The Tsar requested that each egg contain a surprise and Mr Faberge could use his own discretion, ideas and types of materials. Peter Carl Fabergé employed a team of skilled craftsmen and they started work on new Fabergé eggs.

These Easter eggs became a tradition and more Fabergé eggs were commissioned for the Duchess of Marlborough, Alexander Kelch, the Yusupov family and the Rothschild family.

The most expensive Fabergé egg was the Winter egg (1913) and was valued at 24 600 roubles at that time, compared to about £1. 87 million today. This famed Fabergé egg is 14.2 cm high and sold at Christie’s in New York for US$9.6 million during 2002.

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