Oscar Pistorious' does mad 7 metre "sprint" to prison?
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Oscar Pistorious' does mad 7 metre "sprint" to prison?

Norwich : United Kingdom | Feb 19, 2013 at 3:07 AM PST
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A seven metre trek to the bathroom door behind which Reeva Steenkamp was cowering. This is apparently a key component of the prosecutors claim of premeditation in the case against Olympian and Paralympian Oscar Pistorius.

South African prosecutors are apparently basing their argument that Pistorius’ murder of his partner Steenkamp was premeditated on evidence that he “put on his prosthetic legs and walked seven metres before firing through a bathroom door.”

Critically, he had also armed himself with a 9mm pistol.

This is according to news reports published today, as the 26 year old athlete appears for a bail hearing in Pretoria.

Pistorius is said to have been in tears as prosecutor Gerrie Nel set out the case against him.

The prosecution is apparently making a distinction between this scenario and the one suggested by South African journalist Kalay Maistry.

Maistry, an employee of the South African government’s Department for Arts and Culture seems to have been one of the first persons to propagate the story that Pistorius shot Steenkamp in a sleepy stupor because he thought she was a an intruder who had broken into his home.

In comments carried by Sky News she said "I think what this actually highlights is the level of fear ordinary South Africans have.

"This is a man who had gone to bed, had an innocent surprise from a girlfriend … but in the moment thinks someone is trying to break in and he grabs his gun.

"This has come as a complete surprise for a man who’s considered a national hero," she added.

However, soon after Sky and others reported that version of events South Africa police distanced themselves from it, saying it had not come from them.

Today Reuters is reporting that Pistorius told his sister Aimee that he thought he shot an intruder immediately after the shooting.

This may indicate that Maistry got that story from Aimee or other members of Pistorius’ family, a likely scenario.

It does raise the question though of whether or not Pistorius told the police that version. And if not, why not?

The surprise Brigadier Denise Beukes expressed at hearing that version of events suggests that Pistorius had not shared that account of how Ms. Steenkamp was shot with the police.

The athlete’s bail hearing occurs on the same day that Steenkamp’s funeral takes place in Port Elizabeth.

According to the BBC, Mr. Nel told the court that Pistorius shot four times and hit Ms Steenkamp three times.

Pistorius later broke down the bathroom door and carried the victim downstairs, he added.

But Pistorius’ defence lawyer Barry Roux has told the court his client did not know in advance who was behind the door.

“He said the prosecution had provided ‘no evidence of premeditated murder’, and that it was not even murder,” continues the BBC report.

Pistorius’ father has insisted that his son was acting on instinct when he shot Ms. Steenkamp, who he thought was an intruder.

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If Pistorius was as "bloody minded" as the prosecution suggests, I am inclined to think that rather than walking to the bathroom door, he marched or sprinted.

The question also arises, if he did not know who was on the other side of the door, would it not make sense to call out to the person first - given his probable awareness that Steenkamp was probably also in the house somewhere.

Also, if he did call out and Steenkamp didn't answer, might that have been because she was afraid? And if so, why?

Reports say that she was cowering behind the door – a strange position to assume if you are planning to shout surprise.

And why not fire a warning shot? Or just call the police, if you think you have cornered an intruder.

There are many questions that could be asked.

But it is probably best to hear more details of Pistorius' version first.

Was it a murderos march of madness? A even metre sprint to life in prison by an athlete prevously adored and venerated by millions around the world?

We shall see.

References

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-21502541

http://news.sky.com/story/1053938/oscar-pistorius-put-on-legs-to-kill-partner

http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/14042563-piecing-the-pistorius-girlfriend-killing-puzzle-together-1

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/19/us-safrica-pistorius-idUSBRE91F02L20130219

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/southafrica/9875170/Oscar-Pistorius-shot-Reeva-Steenkamp-on-instinct-his-father-says.html

Junior Campbell is based in London, England, United Kingdom, and is an Anchor for Allvoices.
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