Today the prosecution rested its case in the trial of South African Paralympian athlete Oscar Pistorius for the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, 29, on Valentine’s Day 2013.
Steenkamp, a model, was found shot several times through the locked bathroom door in Pistorius’ home; he claimed that he accidentally shot her, thinking she was a burglar. Police had previously responded to “allegations of a domestic nature” at Pistorius’ home and on the night of her death, neighbors said they had heard gunshots and screams from both a man and a woman prior to the shooting. Pistorius, who is 27, has entered a plea of not guilty.
Text messages from WhatsApp between the couple were submitted as evidence and despite plenty of messages of a loving nature, they show that three weeks before her murder she was telling him “I’m scared of you sometimes” while detailing controlling and mean behavior. Keep reading »
After days of testimony from both the prosecution and defense, a South African magistrate has granted Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius — accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp — bail. In delivering his decision, the magistrate pointed out that there are many holes in Pistorius’s defense — Pistorius admits he shot Steenkamp, but says he thought she was a home intruder — but that the prosecution had failed to prove that Pistorius is a flight risk and that he is has a history of violent behavior. “I appreciate that a person is dead, but I do not necessarily think that is enough” to prove he is violent, the magistrate explained. More info on the decision at the links. [Feministing, BBC]