Chicago Tribune – South African Paralympic champion, Oscar Pistorius, a double amputee who became one of the biggest names in world athletics, was charged on Thursday with shooting dead his girlfriend at his home in Pretoria.
Police said they had opened a murder case after a 30-year-old woman was found dead at the track star’s house after an incident in the upmarket Silverlakes gated complex on the outskirts of the capital.
Pistorius and his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, had been the only people in the house at the time of the shooting, Beukes, said, and witnesses had been interviewed about the incident, which happened in the early hours of the morning.
Steenkamp, a model and regular on the South African party circuit, was reported to have been dating Pistorius for a year, and there had been little to suggest their relationship was in trouble. In the social pages of last weekend’s Sunday Independent she described him as having “impeccable” taste.
Some of her last Twitter postings indicated she was looking forward to celebrating Valentine’s Day on Thursday with him. Before the murder charge was announced, Johannesburg’s Talk Radio 702 said the 26-year-old may have mistaken Steenkamp for a burglar.
South Africa has some of the world’s highest rates of violent crime, and many home owners have weapons to defend themselves against intruders, although Pistorius’ complex is surrounded by a three meter high wall and electric fence. In 2004, Springbok rugby player Rudi Visagie shot dead his 19-year-old daughter after he mistakenly thought she was a robber trying to steal his car in the middle of the night.
If you can’t trust a man with no legs on Valentines day then who can you trust? Poor Reeva was just trying to surprise her Valentine, her honey, and Oscar over here goes Chris Dorner on her ass and pops her dead with his 9mm. This reminds me of the story where the dad shot his son who he confused as an intruder. Don’t worry though, folks, the second amendment is something that NEEDS to stay, no matter how many innocent people are shot and killed because of it. You’d think if you were a world class Paralympic runner you could just haul your ass out of the house if you sensed an intruder instead of Rambo-ing it. I guess he doesn’t sleep with his running legs on though. I don’t know South Africa’s laws and law system, but I’m taking an educated guess here and saying he’ll be enjoy some time in the clank. He won’t need his running legs, or his jumping legs, or his swimming legs, just his walking legs. Well, maybe he’ll need his running legs. I heard dudes in jail can be ruthless. Never know whether one is going to be sneaking up on you in the shower, or trying to shank you in the yard. He’ll definitely need to haul ass during those circumstances. Poor little tink, tink.
RIP, Reeva Steenkamp…