Oscar Pistorius is still free to shoot up intruders tonight despite South Africa’s state prosecutor, Gerrie Nel finishing his cross examination of the para-olympian.
The court has listened to seven gruelling days of Oscar constantly breaking down and sobbing as he recounted his version of how Miss Reeva Steenkamp met her death behind a locked toilet door on February 13th last year.
After sitting Oscar in the witness box last week the prosecution immediately told him that they weren’t buying his “I thought she was a robba” story and then proceeded to spend hours and hours breaking down all of the evidence.
Oscar’s side of the story is that on the night of February 13th he woke up and went to close a sliding balcony door. Through tears and sobs he claimed that he heard a noise coming from the bathroom. Any normal person would assume that their girlfriend was taking her middle of the night wee, but not Oscar. He says that he got scared so grabbed his gun from under the bed (without noticing that Reeva wasn’t there) went to the bathroom and shouted, “Get out get out” before firing four bullets through the toilet door.
Oscar says that he then went back to the bed and suddenly realised that Reeva wasn’t in it. So he put on his legs, beat down the locked toilet door with a cricket bat, called the paramedics and then carried the dying Reeva downstairs. Oscar says she died in his arms.
Mr Nel thought that Oscar’s tearful sobs were simply playing to the audience, a ploy to get the court to believe his story. Over the next few days Mr Nel went on to show that Oscar’s story sounded like the greatest warp of reality since Lewis Carroll wrote Alice in Wonderland.
After listening to Mr Nel cross examine Oscar my brain is now filled with question marks about Oscar’s version of the truth. How could Oscar not see that Reeva wasn’t in the bed? Why didn’t she answer when he shouted at the toilet door? If Oscar was so worried about getting burgled, why did he sleep with a sliding door wide open? Why wasn’t his security system turned on?
IMO: I don’t think that Oscar has answered either the sliding door question, or for that matter any of the questions put to him by Mr Nel with anything related to the truth.
Mr Nel told the court that he believes Oscar had a violent rage filled row with Reeva and that she fled the bedroom to get away from him. This is why [he said] she locked herself in the toilet. When Oscar couldn’t get Reeva to open the door, it was then that he picked up his gun and shot through the door, ultimately killing her.
Mr Nel ended his cross-examination with a summary of why he thinks Oscar shot his girlfriend. He insisted that Oscar Pistorious killed Reeva Steenkamp deliberately after a rage filled argument.
“You fired four shots through the door whilst knowing that she was standing behind the door. She was locked into the bathroom and you armed yourself with the sole purpose of shooting and killing her.”
On the other hand Oscar’s defence barrister, Barry Roux says the premeditated murder charge is false and that his whole team are happy to believe their client’s “I thought there was an intruder locked behind the toilet door” story.
After hearing Mr Nel repeatedly accuse Oscar of tailoring his evidence to suit his story surely the court of public opinion has now returned a guilty verdict.
But you know what, we all know how this is going to play out. Judge Masipa will find Oscar not-guilty. Then Oscar will write a book called “Maybe I Did It” and then his defence lawyer’s daughters will start a reality show, At Home With The Rouxs.
We’ve seen this happen before!