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Oscar Pistorius – No more running

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Oscar Pistorius – the end of his race

Oscar Pistorius, renowned star of the race track also known as the Bladerunner, has come to the last straight of this race. The race he is running now is like none he has ever run before. This one he is literally running for his life. It is the murder trial where he is the perpetrator and accused of premeditated murder on Reeva Steenkamp, in his own bedroom.
Prosecutor Gerrie Nel assumed that Oscar Pistorius’ mental condition claim is “a fallback position”.
The murder trial is due to resume on Monday and any time soon Judge Masipa will decide his fate. That decision will mainly depend on the reports of three psychiatrists and one clinical psychologist, who had the mammoth task of evaluating the mental health of our fallen star, Oscar Pistorius.

Oscar Pistorius – the last four weeks

Every weekday of the past month Oscar found himself spending long periods of time at the former asylum for the criminally insane, which was built more than a century ago for detaining society’s most dangerous criminals.

Every morning he was driven down the gloomy tree lined path leading to the building. A path that reminds strongly of the usual paths that lead to the cemeteries of old. TV showed him being taken there by a family member, but once there, he was on his own. Nobody to coach him how to answer questions. What to say and what not to say. Whatever he said, his life depends on it.

The viewers of the broadcasted trial have often witnessed Oscar reaching for the ever present bucket, in which he vomited due to stress and emotion. One has to wonder if that happened during his tests and questioning in the asylum. Was there a ‘bucket’ too?

Surely he was must have tried to anticipate the repercussion of every answer he gave and every action he made. He was between a rock and a very hard place. Did he want to be diagnosed as mentally unstable? Or stable? I surmise ‘unstable’ would have the lighter consequences.

Oscar Pistorius – the last weekend

And so today he has nowhere to go. No hospital room . No court room. No one asking him any questions. No thinking and mulling over in his mind to try and take the correct next step, whatever that may or may not have been.

What is he doing with his free time this whole weekend. Perhaps his last 3 days of freedom. Or did freedom for Oscar Pistorius end the moment he fired his first or four shots at the locked bathroom door, in the wee hours of Valentines Day 2013? Or was it when his loved one received a fatal bullet? Or will he be saved by an unstable verdict on his mental health?

Perhaps ‘freedom’ for Oscar Pistorius will be a reflection of the words of an old song that indicates, freedom only means he ‘has nothing left to loose’?

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Oscar Pistorius: Public vs. Private Persona

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Who is Oscar Pistorius really?

I don’t remember exactly where I heard this statement but it stated that if you envy someone else’s life only by what you read on social media, then you are basically envying a lie. This means that what you observe is what people want you to observe from their personal lives. What you see and what you read is mostly just a little snippet of what they are really like, however, people that seem to be living good lives might actually really be living good lives. All I am saying is that every single person on earth, whether they are famous or not, has ups and downs in life, just like we do.

Even though I am writing this article, and even though I post on Facebook every single day and even though you are reading this article and might be following me on Facebook you will not be able to piece together enough to accurately describe me as an individual.

Oscar and the Olympics

This brings met to the inspiration of this article. Mr Oscar Pistorius. Oscar is known throughout the world as the Blade runner. He is the first runner with a double-amputee to ever compete in the Olympics. He has overcome all the odds after being born in our beautiful country with a missing fibula bone in both of his lower legs. He had his legs surgically removed when he was only 11 months old.

I recently saw the photograph of Oscar that was taken on the 14th of February 2013. It was a photograph in which his face was covered by a grey hooded sweatshirt. This is a jarring contrast to one morning in August 2012 where he proudly walked into the Olympic Stadium, waving at the 80 000 spectators and fans applauding him.

Oscar and Reeva

Pistorius was accused of shooting and killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, who was a 29 year old model as well as a law graduate. Some say his version of events does not add up, that the shooting was no accident, and that he could not have mistaken Reeva for a burglar. Others say that it was a form of self-defense as he was fearing for his life. This tragic event reminds us yet again that we cannot equate a person’s accomplishments with heroism and incorruptible behavior. Our achievements do not define us. What we have is not who we are. How can we really expect to know Oscar Pistorius, when we often get no more than a fan dance – suggesting but never truly revealing.

The people who support Oscar’s version of what happened in the early hours of that morning are left to hope for an awful consolation. That Oscar did not shoot Reeva Steenkamp on purpose. We are living in an apprehensive, armored country where a lot of people live in fear of burglars. We live in barricaded houses with high fences that are topped with barbed wire.
The truth is that you kind of know where people are and then all of a sudden that perception goes. Who is Oscar Pistorius really? The double amputee Olympic hero and heartbroken man who lost his girlfriend due to a tragic accident, or the short tempered Olympic runner and cold blooded killer?

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Oscar Pistorius crying for himself or for Reeva?

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Oscar Pistorius must cry his way out of this one

We all know people who think highly of themselves. They consider themselves different from others and deserving of special treatment. Oscar Pistorius is taking this tendency to its extreme …

Bladerunner Oscar Pistorius’ grandiosity expects a great deal of special attention- the best table in a Melrose Arch-restaurant, his arrogance of asking a friend to take the rap for him after discharging a gun at Tashas, his irresponsible behaviour on the Vaal river , causing great frustration for speedboat- lovers in the Vaal!

Psychologists use the term narcissistic to describe people who portrays a grandiose sense of self-importance who are preoccupied with receiving attention. In Greek mythology, Narcissus was a young man in love, charmed by the loving Echo. He was adamant to win over her love. Narcissus spent his days admiring his own image reflected in a pool of water. In a sense Reeva can be compared to the enigmatic and ethereal Echo- she will always remain in people’s hearts.

The Narcissistic Oscar Pistorius

Each individual has an idiosyncratic unique way of experiencing loss. Psychophysiological, affective and cognitive-behavioral factors, such as the mode of death, the relationship with the deceased, subcultural norms and prior losses play a significant role. Our past surely defines us and in Oscar’s case , he had to deal with his parents’ divorce and his mother’s death at a vulnerable age of 15. Oscar cannot cope with loss. On a deep subconscious level, he felt that his mother abandoned him when she died. His psychological birth position in his family is that of a middle child of three. The middle child often feels squeezed out. Such a child may assume a “poor me” attitude and can become a problem child, especially when experiencing trauma. A traumatic event is like an infection- it does something to one’s psyche. The bladerunner’s behaviour strongly correlates with the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders)- criteria of Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

Crying for Reeva?

Is the bladerunner crying for Reeva? Certainly not. During his cross examination by The South African State Prosecutor Gerrie Nel, he appeared to be extremely argumentative. The realization of the immensity of what he had done and the fact that he is facing imprisonment overwhelmed him…this is very traumatic in itself, hence he is crying for himself. He is on the brink of losing everything. Monday,12 May 2014 will be Day 30 of the most talked about trial in South Africa. If Gerrie Nel calls a psychologist to the stand, more holes will be identified and needless to say, the grieving mother of Reeva will get some sense of closure. This time, Oscar Pistorius’ controlling nature is not going to save his skin. Prosecutor Gerrie Nel is indeed a predator circling around his prey…

References
Barlow, D.H. & Durand V.M. (2005). Abnormal Psychology. (4th ed.)Thomson & Wadsworth.
Larson, R.W. (2000, January). Toward a psychology of positive youth development. American Psychologist, 55, 170-183
Richmond, V.P., & McCroskey, J.C. (2000). Nonverbal behaviour in interpersonal relations. (4th ed.) Needham Heights, MA: Allyn & Bacon.
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Oscar Pistorius: Forensic Expert Roger Dixon

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Defense witness: Forensic “Expert” Roger Dixon

When forensic expert Roger Dixon was called by defense lawyer Barry Roux as a witness in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial, he was announced with a kind of victorious pride. It was very clear and almost exaggerated that this witness absolutely has no objection to be filmed by TV cameras. One got the feeling that this will be the best witness yet and after his testimony the case may as well be closed and handed to the defense with a defeat to the state.

But Advocate Gerrie Nel, as the prosecutor, was obviously not reckoned with.

Roger Dixon, a geologist at the University of Pretoria and a former policeman with more than 18 years of experience to his name, was tagged unqualified to testify, early on in the line of questioning ‘fired’ by the prosecutor.

Defense dealt a blow when Forensic Expert got hammered

Mr Dixon was involuntary humbled. He had to admit in front of TV cameras from all over the world, as well as millions of South Africans following every word spoken in court, that indeed he did not have sufficient expertise in some areas in which he was testifying. These areas include ballistics, blood spatter, sound and visibility tests.

This, however, did not stop him from challenging the state’s ballistic expert, Captain Chris Mangena, in his claim that Ms. Steenkamp was first shot in the hip as she was facing the toilet door, then fell backwards and was shot in the arm and head as she tried to protect herself from the raining bullets.

Roger Dixon was of the opinion that Reeva was about to open the door when four shots in quick succession struck her. He also testified that the instrument he used to help him ascertain complete darkness in Oscar’s room at the time of the incident, was his eyes. It was at this time that Mr Nel helped him along to concede non-qualification in ballistics or pathology and that he has no affiliation to a forensic body.

Mr. Nel has requested several reports from this witness to be brought to the next session of court. An interesting day is sure to follow as the case continues.

Will the Defense be able to produce (belatedly) a Forensic Expert that can actually be called an expert?

 

 

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Oscar Pistorius Trial: Gerrie Nel

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Gerrie Nel – South African State Prosecutor

Gerrie Nel is a South African State Prosecutor and Advocate for The National Prosecuting Authority of South Africa. He has served as a former head of the Directorate of Special Operations, also known as the Scorpions, in Gauteng. Nel successfully prosecuted former police commissioner Jackie Selebi, who was found guilty of corruption and handed a 15-year prison sentence.

PROFESSIONAL DETAILS

CURRENT POSITION

Advocate | The National Prosecuting Authority of South Africa

Law Practice and Legal Services

PREVIOUS POSITION

Head | Directorate of Special Operations 2008

Government, Public Administration and Defence

ACHIEVEMENTS/AWARDS

Society of State Advocates’ Prosecutor of the Year | 2012 for his work on the Jackie Selebi case

International Association of Prosecutors (IAP) Special Achievement Award | 2012 for his work on the Jackie Selebi case

Opinions of Gerrie Nel’s conduct in court

Advocate Gerrie Nel is perceived in various ways for his questioning of the alleged murderer of Reeva Steenkamp, Oscar Pistorius the para-limpic blade-runner.

Here are some twitter remarks:

• Fascinating cross-examination

• Advocate Gerrie Nell is tearing Oscar Pistorius apart and he is excellently good at it.

• the “pitbull” Gerrie Nel

• At his fierce style the Athlete has broken down

• In the legal fraternity Gerrie Nel has a fearsome reputation, cemented (though established) well before he shredded former police commissioner Jackie Selebi in the witness box.

• Gerrie Nel could get Shrien Dewani to admit to killing Reeva.

• Gerrie Nel took his bitchslap pills this morning.

• He is not going to be nice. Known as a Rottweiler.

• Cross-examination by determined and well-prepared prosecutor Gerrie Nel.

• Gerrie Nel in full flight already, going for the jugular. Tone is harsh and abrasive. Oscar is already struggling….

• Gerrie Nel is going to bulldoze Oscar and it’s going to be heart wrenching….

• If anyone thought Barry Roux was aggressive in cross-examination, he was nothing compared to Gerrie Nel when he gets going.

Some of Nel’s comments that will be well remembered

• “You made a mistake? You killed a person. You killed Reeva Steenkamp. Say it.”

• He asked the athlete to “take responsibility” for killing her. “It’s time that you look at it,” chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel said, setting the stage for a rigorous first day of cross-examination.

• Prosecutor Gerrie Nel told Oscar Pistorius “I’m not going away” as he picked through the disabled runner’s evidence and accused him of lying.

• ‘Then say it then, say yes. I shot and killed Reeva Steenkamp’

• When a police photograph of a dead Reeva Steenkamp’s bloodied head was displayed in court, Prosecutor Gerrie Nel said Steenkamp’s head “exploded” when it was struck by one of four hollow-point bullets

• ‘You killed her. Say it.’

• ‘You just can’t take responsibility for anything, can you?’

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Oscar Pistorius Murder Trial Latest

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Oscar Pistorius Murder Case Continues

If found guilty Oscar Pistorius is potentially facing  life in prison. The defense opened its case by calling a pathologist to try and cast doubt on the prosecution’s declaration that Reeva ate only two hours before Oscar killed her.

The testimony of forensic pathologist Prof. Jan Botha is critical to the defense, as Pistorius declared they were in bed by 10 p.m. and any contradiction of that fact could dwindle the credibility of his description of the events. The prosecution claims Oscar intentionally killed Reeva Steenkamp after an argument.

Prof. Jan Botha is a valuable witness as he has done many thousands of autopsies in his career, of which at least 5000 involved gun shot killings. He declared that it is almost impossible to prove when last Reeva had something to eat before the incident. Also that she would not have been able to call out if the shots were fired in quick succession.

Questions for Oscar Pistorius that will dictate the case of the defense

Why did he shoot?

Pistorius must prove he acted legally in self-defense when he fired. Gerrie Nel, chief prosecutor, is expected to ask him tough but simple questions.

The prosecution made Pistorius appear to be trigger happy. Defense needs to show Pistorius was a careful gun owner but had good reason to feel at risk. Pistorius will have to convince why he thought he was truly in danger.

Will Pistorius keep his composure?

Oscar Pistorius has displayed varied emotional reactions. From hanging his head to crying, vomiting, turning red, staring intently at the proceedings, and scribbling notes to his lawyer.

His behavior on the stand could speak volumes.

Can the prosecution match the defense?

Barry Roux, Oscar’s lawyer, has asked each witness some twisted, grueling and intricate questions. Some witnesses were tripped, causing doubt to their memories of the incident. Nel will now be able to unravel Pistorius’ declarations.

Did police botch the investigation?

The South African Police was embarrassed by how some officers handled the crime scene in this trial. Evidence was moved and a watch may have been stolen. The case will not be dismissed because of these mistakes, but it may affect the outcome.

What will the judge do?

The biggest question is what Judge Thokozile Masipa is thinking of the facts and Oscar’s conduct thus far? Masipa alone will decide Pistorius’ fate. Up to now Masipa and her two assessors have quietly observed.

 

 

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Oscar Pistorius Trial: Reeva Steenkamp

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Oscar Pistorius Trial: Evidence regarding Reeva Steenkamp

Reeva Steenkamp tried to protect her head

She was in a defensive position when she was hit by the last shots Oscar fired through the locked toilet door, according to a ballistics expert. Captain Chris Mangena told the Court whilst bending forward to demonstrate:

• The first shot struck her in her hip, standing up. It flung Steenkamp onto a magazine rack in the toilet.

• The bullets Oscar Pistorius used were designed to cause maximum damage to human tissue.

• The second shot missed her and ricocheted.

• There was a break between shot one and two.

• By then she was seated with her back to the wall.

• According to his findings, she had both hands over her head, across each other.

• She had a wound to her left hand where it was hit by the same bullet that struck her in the head.

In definite anguish and fear she did the natural thing for any person in physical danger: covered her head, but she couldn’t save her own life.

What was Oscar’s position?

Mangena said the height of the holes in the door and the trajectory of the bullets indicated that Oscar Pistorius was not wearing his prosthetic legs when he fired. Another forensics expert testified earlier that the position of the marks a cricket bat made when Oscar tried to open the door, indicated Pistorius was on his stumps when he used it.

One would expect 2 police experts to have cleared that out before the trial, or not? Confusing me, is that Oscar Pistorius’ defense lawyer, Barry Roux, challenged both testimonies.

Mangena stood his ground even when Roux displayed his usual sarcasm.

Data from the iPad

The State called Colonel Mark Sale who testified that Pistorius had visited porn and used car websites shortly before Steenkamp died. Data on the iPad 3 and an iPad 2 that was found on the scene, had the same type of content on the usage histories. A porn website was visited at 18:30 on 13 February 2013, and later a site of cars which included an Aston Martin Rapider.

Gerrie Nel will only be back in court on Monday. He is to have final witness meetings as he prepares to wrap up the state’s case. Five more witnesses will be called.

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Oscar Pistorius Trial: Forensic Expert

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Expert Forensic Scientist’s opinion: Oscar Pistorius case

The background of this expert: 

Dr David Klatzow holds a PhD in Medical Biochemistry and stands out among our few forensic science experts. With more than twenty-eight years experience, he has appeared as witness in numerous cases, as an advisor to both plaintiffs and defendants. Some of the high profile cases were: the Helderberg crash, Guguletu 7, Piet Retief massacre and the murder of Brett Keble.

In November 2011 whilst lecturing in Durban, Klatzow said South Africa would be in deep “trouble” if forensic scientists continued to work hand in hand with the state because some police officers did not collect evidence thoroughly.

Nothing has changed yet!

In a recent radio interview, he pointed out the ‘stupid’ actions of certain officers in this investigation. Specifically the officer that picked up a gun without gloves and the scene that wasn’t cordoned off, allowing some persons entrance to take cellphone photos.

Resulting effects:

Dr. Klatzow used the following example: Barry Roux has shot many holes in the police vehicle, but has by no means stopped it in its tracks. It is still moving with enough evidence to give the state a strong case.

Mr. Roux fired some shots just for the fun of it.

Answers that Oscar Pistorius will have to supply

In the days to come, there will be the classic ‘Gunfight at dawn’ where the two gunslingers involved will be the state forensic investigators and the forensic investigators hired by Oscar. Especially regarding the trajectory of the bullets.

Questions that will be asked to Oscar Pistorius:

  • What was it that he heard to make him think it was a burglar.
  • Why did he think his life was endangered.
  • Why did he not speak to the intruder or fire a warning shot.
  • Why did he not use the panic button in his home.
  • From where exactly did he shoot.
  • If they were in bed by 10 o’clock, why is there proof that Reeva had eaten 2 hours before death.
  • At what pace did he fire the 4 shots.
  • What sounds did he hear in between the shots.
  • Why did he forget to check if Reeva was safe.
  • Why would Reeva go to the toilet at 3 in the morning with her cellphone and lock the door.

This game is not even nearly finished and the last whistle is still a long way off!

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Oscar Pistorius Trial: Judge Masipa

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Get to know the Judge in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial

Thokozile Matilda Masipa was born in 1947. She grew up in a small, two-bedroom house in which she shared a bedroom with her siblings. Even after her marriage to Makhutla, they lived in a home with one room that was the bedroom, bathroom, study, you name it.

“During that period, I learned to interact with various people at all levels,” she said.

She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree specializing in Social Work and a Bachelor of Laws.

Before her legal career, Masipa worked as a social worker and as a crime reporter, who often reported on the indignities of life under apartheid. She was admitted as an advocate in 1991 and appointed as a judge in1998. Only Before her legal career, Masipa worked as a social worker and as a crime reporter, who often reported on the indignities of life under apartheid. She was admitted as an advocate in 1991 and appointed as a judge in1998. Only the second black woman to be appointed judge.

Masipa’s colleagues refers to her as respected, competent, eloquent, and reserved as well as having a “reputation for fairness and decency”. Some other comments are: “She works incredibly hard. She crosses all her t’s and dots all her i’s. She was probably the student who always got all the prizes for working the hardest.”

“She is not a dazzler, she does not shine, she’s not brilliant, but she’s steadfast and worthy,” said a senior advocate.

Judge Masipa has served as a judge for the past 16 years

On a personal level the following: Her hobbies include dancing, gardening and yoga. She seems to be a well balanced, organized and disciplined person. This is the person who presides over the Oscar Pistorius murder trial, and who is dealing with the drama and world-wide scrutiny around the case.

Her judgments that made the news

Two judgments and maximum sentences for men convicted of violence against women, is worth mentioning:

Judge Masipa sentenced the serial rapist and robber Shepherd Moyo by applying a maximum sentence of 252-years which she intended to serve as a deterrent.

She declared that the three rape victims were left shattered for life and Moyo’s lack of remorse proved that he can’t be rehabilitated. Her comments were: “The worst in my view is that he attacked and raped the victims in the sanctity of their own homes where they thought they were safe.” Reeva wasn’t in her own home, but should have been safe in the home of Oscar Pistorius. One has to wonder what Masipa sees in Pistorius’s response in court She declared that the three rape victims were left shattered for life and Moyo’s lack of remorse proved that he can’t be rehabilitated. Her comments were: “The worst in my view is that he attacked and raped the victims in the sanctity of their own homes where they thought they were safe.” Reeva wasn’t in her own home, but should have been safe in the home of Oscar Pistorius. One has to wonder what Masipa sees in Pistorius’s response in court and how he is perhaps playing her.

In 2009, Masipa declared a life sentence to a policeman, Freddy Mashamba, who shot and killed his ex-wife after an argument over their divorce settlement.

“No one is above the law. You deserve to go to jail for life because you are not a protector. You are a killer,” Masipa said.

What is her assumed verdict of Oscar Pistorius?

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Oscar Pistorius Trial Latest: Blerry Rude, the Cop and the Cricket Bat

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Oscar Pistorius Trial: Open the Door

After Day 8 of the Oscar Pistorius Trial, a few very important questions and vital issues come to mind and tend to linger. These issues include Oscar’s cricket bat and whether he hit the bathroom door with or without wearing his prosthetic legs. An accurate replica  (allegedly the original) of the door was brought into court for a physical demonstration regarding the marks on the original door in an attempt to clarify the situation concerning discrepancies pertaining to the testimony of Pistorius and forensic evidence.

Oscar stated in his affidavit that he hit the door with his artificial legs on. Prosecution (Gerrie Nel), states that detail (forensic evidence) as regards the marks on the door is consistent with somebody hitting the door at a lower height – they therefore want to prove that Oscar’s version of the events is not entirely truthful. The mission of Oscar’s defense is to prove that it is/was not possible for him to hit the door hard enough to damage it with a bat when he was not wearing his prosthetic legs.

Keep in mind that Pistorius was in peak physical condition at the time when Reeva Steenkamp was tragically killed in the early morning hours of Valentine’s Day 2013. As all professional athletes, Oscar has strong, finely tuned and developed abdominal,  gluteus maximus (buttocks) and thigh muscles. When walking without his prosthetic legs, these muscle groups in particular, should aid him in keeping his balance. It may therefore be safe to assume that Oscar would be better equipped to balance himself on his stumps than for instance, a middle-aged, mildly overweight man trying to balance himself for the first time on his knees with his feet lifted up.

Barry Roux, the lawyer for the defense, requested Lieutenant Colonel Johannes Vermeulen, a senior officer at the forensic science laboratory, to stand on his knees and to hit the door with the famed cricket bat. Vermeulen complied, whereafter Roux asked Vermeulen to lift his feet. Vermeulen told the court that he had difficulty in keeping his balance.  Pistorius kept his head down during the entire procedure and appeared to be busy making notes.

Still, whatever the circumstances – Oscar may not not have experienced the same difficulty as Vermeulen under similar circumstances. He may have had it easier.  Another vitally important point to consider is that Pistorius has had his entire life to master balancing and walking on his stumps.

Vermeulen is clearly not in the same toned physical condition as Oscar Pistorius. However, Lt Col Vermeulen has more than 29 years experience regarding scientific analysis, having completed about 1400 forensic investigations in this period of time. He handled his testimony well and did not appear too frazzled by Barry Roux, or Blerry Rude, as the defense lawyer is now nicknamed across the internet.

Oscar Pistorius Affidavit

Another confusing issue is the fact that Pistorius stated in his affidavit that: “I woke up, went onto the balcony to bring the fan in and closed the sliding doors, the blinds and curtains.”

Would all the noise in the quiet of night not have awoken Reeva and caused her to say something or ask him what he was doing? The tall fan should have made a noise on the balcony tiles as he dragged it in. If he did not drag the fan, but carried it – he clearly has no problem with balancing on his stumps.

At that stage, before the curtains were closed, it would not have been pitch dark inside the room and he could have noticed that Reeva was not in the bed, couldn’t he?

 Pistorius further states: “I grabbed my 9mm pistol from underneath my bed. On my way to the bathroom I screamed words to the effect for him/them to get out of my house and for Reeva to phone the police. It was pitch dark in the bedroom and I thought Reeva was in bed.”

Why did he not listen for her reply? Why did he not listen for any sound from her? If he was genuinely concerned for her safety, would he not first have woken her and told her to leave the room?

Fact to ponder 1:

If he screamed before he fired the shots, would Reeva not have screamed herself, or would she not at least have made a sound?

Fact to ponder 2:

Oscar also states in his affidavit:  “I went back into the bedroom and grabbed my cricket bat to bash open the toilet door. A panel or panels broke off and I found the key on the floor and unlocked and opened the door.”

Why did Reeva lock the toilet door from the inside? Was she scared? Did she want to punish Oscar after a fight? Who on earth locks the toilet door in the middle of the night – especially if your partner is fast asleep?

Fact to ponder 3:

Is it just me, but why was the cricket bat in the bedroom? Why wasn’t it kept with his other sporting paraphernalia, memorabilia and stuff?

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More about Oscar Pistorius:

Oscar Pistorius: A Look at his Life
Oscar Pistorius: Behind the Glitz & Glamour

 

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For the Full Oscar Pistorius Affidavit, view:

http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/19/world/africa/south-africa-pistorius-affadavit/