Oscar Pistorius ‘fine’ after shooting

2014-02-21 12:55

After Oscar Pistorius had shot his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine’s Day last year, a security guard phoned him to ask if everything was in order, to which he allegedly replied that everything was “fine”.

The state argues in court papers that Pistorius had direct intent to murder Steenkamp and that he concocted a defence and phoned his friends instead of alerting the security guards or the police to the shooting.

Pistorius has been charged with the murder of Steenkamp in the early hours of February 14 last year at his Silver Woods Country Estate home in Pretoria. She was shot through a closed toilet door.

Pistorius has maintained that he thought Steenkamp was an intruder.

Why the state argues it was murder

1. The state relies on the evidence of Estelle van der Merwe. In the early hours of February 14, she says she heard talking and fighting. It stopped after shots were fired.

2. The next witnesses, Charl Peter Johnson and Michelle Burger, heard a woman scream before shots were fired.

3. Johan Stipp en Anette Stipp heard shots, followed by a woman screaming and more shots.

4. Pistorius’ internet activity at the time does not match the behaviour of a loving couple spending time together.

5. The number, trajectory and grouping of the shots fired through the closed toilet door can only point to a direct intent to kill the person behind it.

6. The position and state of the firearm.

7. According to his own version, Pistorius armed himself, walked to the bathroom and fired shots without ascertaining who was behind the door or if he was in danger.

8. Steenkamp was clothed when she was shot.

9. She was standing, facing the door, when she was shot.

10. Steenkamp ate something hours before being shot.

11. The presence of cellphones contradicts Pistorius’ version that Steenkamp “innocently” went to the bathroom.

12. The fact that – and the manner in which – Pistorius broke open the bathroom door.

13. Pistorius’ version is not reasonably possibly true.

Read what Pistorius’ legal team argued during his bail application what

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