While the Jodi Arias trial will wrap up, hopefully by this time next week, the next big trial isn’t even in the United States: Oscar Pistorius, the Olympian known as the “Blade Runner” due to his artificial legs, will go on trial for murdering his girlfriend, the beauty Reeva Steenkamp:
Mr. Pistorius claims he shot Miss Steenkamp accidentally, as he states he thought she was an intruder in his home. Neighbors, however, contradict his claims as they say they could hear screaming from the couple before the shooting.
As usual, we don’t know what really happened there. Only one person is available to tell what happened, but they obviously have their own self-interests in mind. Evidently, Mr. Pistorius had been the target of domestic violence charges previously:
In 2009, the 26-year-old paralympian, who was the first double amputee to ever compete in the Olympics, was arrested and spent a night in jail after allegedly physically assaulting a 19-year-old girl at his house. The girl had been asked to leave a party Oscar was hosting, and when she refused, he slammed the front door on her, incidentally catching the girl’s leg with it. The door-slamming inflicted bruises on the girl, and Oscar was initially charged with assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. The next day, the charge was reduced to common assault, and a month later prosecutors dropped the charges.
Mr. Pistorius claims he thought Miss Steenkamp was an intruder. He fired four shots into the bathroom, three of them hitting Miss Steenkamp. Are you serious? Why would the woman lock the bathroom door in a place she felt comfortable in? Hey, I will tell you when I was single, I’ve had women stay over at my previous home before. They knew they didn’t have to lock doors; didn’t have to hide in a bathroom; they didn’t have to call the police and they sure as hell didn’t have to fear for their lives, regardless of how much firepower I had in the home. I know, he is a double amputee. But there’s a simple method to identify who’s in the bathroom: YELL!
Hey, I have no problem with anyone defending their home against intruders IF they thought there were intruders. But if I am in my house and someone’s in my bathroom, I’m gonna get the shotgun out, point it at the door, and yell to get them identify themselves. No one should fire without some kind of reasonable identification. If my wife isn’t in bed, I’m gonna make sure. I have a big problem with someone firing shots through a door if they have a significant other in the house and they don’t know where they are when they start shooting. That’s the type of indiscriminate shooting that tells us some people don’t deserve to have guns. The link above in this post indicates Pistorius didn’t call to say he needed help:
Investigators said that guards at the gated estate called Pistorius, who told them he was “all right.” The call was not disconnected and they could hear him crying, police said.
Pistorius had better be glad he’s not in the United States, or he’d be on the way to execution. This country does not tolerate killings of cute women and children.