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Oscar Pistorius - The Affidavit

20 February 2013, 15:00
We have all been drawn into this case and every single one of us has a different opinion on whether Oscar Pistorius shot Reeva Steenkamp in cold blood or as an accident.  In the meantime Oscar's affidavit has been released and has left, in my opinion, more questions than answers. I personally felt that the story was full of holes, even though it was at least edited in a 'legally correct' manner.  I want to look at some of the issues that had come up in forums since the affidavit came to light.

I will be going through it in a timeline fashion as it was told.  I don't want to look at the happenings earlier as these were pretty standard (i.e. the issue of when they went to sleep and what they did earlier). Instead I would say the holes in the story start later that night after 1 a.m.

1. Neighbors call out security for a domestic disturbance - Even though Oscar did not dispute this claim, he does not mention this at all. He does not mention hearing a disturbance but does not say that there was no disturbance in his residence. 

2. Oscar claims that he awoke and went onto the balcony to bring in the fan, and close the balcony door - He did not mention that they were on the balcony earlier.  Also he later states that he put on his legs after the shooting.  Why would he get up and do this without his legs? Also why would he leave the balcony door open and the bathroom window (as later stated) if he feared for violent crimes? If it was hot I would presume an easier way of keeping cool would be closing the door and putting the fan inside in the first place.

3. Oscar does not check whether his girlfriend is in bed with him - I find it extremely hard to believe that he couldn't have know whether Reeva was in the bed or not.  Even when he had come back from the balcony it seems extraordinary that he couldn't have noticed when he was getting his gun which he says he kept under the bed.

4. Oscar's words:"I heard a noise in the bathroom. I realized someone was in the bathroom and I felt a sense of terror rushing over me" - I feel that at this point any reasonable person would first check if your partner is still in bed before concluding that you have to shoot whoever is in there. Especially if you are as deeply in love as he claims they were.

5. Oscar writes that everything was pitch dark and he could not see - If Reeva got up to go to the bathroom why would she not turn on a light except in the case where she had to run in there in distress?  This does not make sense.

6. Oscar says that he went to the toilet door and shot the person inside - Why would he shoot before he knew who was inside and why not fire a warning shot?  I still feel that at this point you must have made sure it is not your partner inside the bathroom.

7. "It was pitch dark and I was too afraid to switch on a light" - Obviously this makes no sense.  If you are afraid you switch on a light as this makes it in fact easier to see what is going on. 

8. Oscar believes she went to the toilet when he went onto the balcony - At this point if it was as dark as he claims she would have switched on a light, and if it was not as dark as he claims he should have noticed she was not in bed and that maybe she could have awoken when he had gotten up as this is a natural occurrence when you wake up early in the morning.
I am looking at his case from the point of view of the prosecutor having to hear this defense and cross examine Oscar.  It is too easy to find parts of this story that don't add up.

I have and I know I will receive a lot of criticism over my outspokenness on this case but I find it hard to believe that this was in fact an accident and that it can be defended as such.
R.I.P. Reeva Steenkamp
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