Oscar Pistorius Bail Hearing: “I was Vulnerable, I Had to Protect Myself and Reeva”

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Oscar Pistorius:  “I was Vulnerable, I Had to Protect Myself and Reeva” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

OSCAR PISTORIUS BAIL HEARING:  Oscar Pistorius’ bail hearing was adjourned until Wednesday and Magistrate Desmond Nair ruled he faces premeditation in the murder of Reeva Steenkamp. Oscar Pistorius faces the prospect of spending months in jail as bail will be highly unlikely on such a charge. Magistrate Desmond Nair made the ruling after saying he could not exclude the possibility of planning in the death.

Oscar Pistorius denied murdering his girlfriend in an affidavit read out in the Pretoria Magistrate Court Tuesday. In his affidavit he told his lawyer:  “I fail to understand how I could be charged with murder, let alone premeditated murder because I had no intention to kill. I had no intention to kill my girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.””I have been informed I have been accused of murder – I deny the accusation. Nothing can be further from the truth that I planned the murder of my girlfriend.”

He also said in the affidavit, “We were deeply in love and I could not be happier. I know she felt the same way.”

Pistorius said in his affidavit, he and Steenkamp got into bed and they fell asleep. He kept a 9mm firearm under his bed. “I have received death threats before,” the affidavit continued.

He said intruders were in the toilet. He heard a noise and was “filled with horror and fear”. He heard someone in the bathroom saying, “it was pitch dark in the bathroom”. “As I didn’t have my prosthetic legs on I was vulnerable,” the affidavit continued.

“I fired a shot at the toilet door and shouted to Reeva to call the police,” he said. “I felt extremely vulnerable as I didn’t have my prosthetic legs on and knew I had to protect myself and Reeva,” the affidavit continued.

“When I reached the bed, I realised Reeva wasn’t in the bed.” He said he tried to open the bathroom door, but it was locked, and went to the balcony to scream for help.

He put “on” his legs, and broke the door open with a cricket bat, got a key and opened it. “Reeva was slumped over but alive.” He carried her downstairs to take her to hospital and a doctor in the complex arrived. “She died in my arms.” Source

Here’s what prosecutor Gerrie Nel, had to say about Oscar Pistorius’ actions that night:

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Adam Steenkamp Calling on Oscar Pistorius to “Tell the Truth” in Reeva Steenkamp’s Murder

He told the court that Miss Steenkamp went into the bathroom after the couple had been arguing.

‘The applicant armed himself, attached his prosthesis, walked seven meters to the bathroom and shot the deceased while she was in the toilet. He shot four times…There’s no possible explanation to support his report that he thought it was a burglar,’ he said.

‘If I arm myself, walk a distance and murder a person, that is premeditated,’ he said. ‘The door is closed. There is no doubt. I walk seven meters and I kill.’ ‘The motive is ‘I want to kill’. That’s it,’ he added. ‘This deceased was in a 1.4 by 1.14 meter little room. She could go nowhere.’

Mr Nel said the killing was premeditated because Pistorius had planned to say that he thought he was shooting an intruder. ‘It was all part of the pre-planning. Why would a burglar lock himself inside the bathroom?’ Mr Nel said.

‘She locked that door for a purpose. We’ll get to that purpose,’ Mr Nel said.

‘That is where she was when those shots were fired. She couldn’t go anywhere. It must have been horrific.’ Source:  Daily Mail

I am pretty sure the prosecutor will poke holes into that excuse. If he and Reeva Steenkamp were the only people in the house, why would she lock the bathroom door? Further, if he was screaming at the bathroom door because he thought an intruder had entered the premises, why didn’t she respond saying it was her in the bathroom? Besides, weren’t the police called to the home hours earlier after neighbors reported shouting coming from the home? The problem is Reeva Steenkamp isn’t here to tell her version of the events that transpired.

 Oscar Pistorius Bail Hearing:  I was Vulnerable, I Had to Protect Myself and Reeva
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Janet Shan is a freelance journalist and managing editor of the Hinterland Gazette, who is working on her first novel, a mystery based in the hills on Montego Bay.