Case against 'trigger-happy' Oscar

2013-08-18 14:34
Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp pictured at the 2012 Feather Awards.

Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp pictured at the 2012 Feather Awards. (Lucky Nxumalo, AFP)

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Pretoria - The police have built their case against Oscar Pistorius as a trigger-happy gunman prone to violent outbursts.

In an exclusive report by the Sunday Times, the newspaper states that this angle is the central theme of their strategy against Pistorius who is due back in court tomorrow.

The Paralympic and Olympic star gunned down his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine’s Day this year. Tomorrow’s court appearance is expected to be especially difficult for the Steenkamp family as it would have been Reeva’s 30th birthday.

Pistorius’s past boasting, however, of being a crack shot and threats to “break people’s legs” could come back to haunt him as the prosecution will now rely on former girlfriends and associates in an attempt to expose his “aggressive character”

In addition, the Sunday reports it has learnt that ballistic tests have shown Pistorius was, in fact, on his stumps when he pumped bullets through the toilet door, killing Steenkamp. He claims he mistook her for an intruder when he heard a noise in the bathroom.

The prosecution had however, earlier argued that he put on his prosthetic legs before firing the shots - the inference being that he had more than enough time to check whether his girlfriend was still in bed with him.

Pistorius will be formally served with an indictment on Monday.

Star athelete

Interest in the case is fuelled by the high profile of the accused. Pistorius made history in 2012 when he became the first double-amputee track athlete to compete in the Olympic Games.

He competed in the 400 meters and on South Africa's 4x400 relay team at the London Games, making history after having his selection confirmed on South Africa's team at the very last minute. He also retained his Paralympic title in the 400 meters in London.

This is not the athlete's first brush with the law. In 2009 Pistorius reportedly spent a night in jail after allegedly assaulting a 19-year-old woman at a party, although the case was not pursued. He is also well-known to be a fan of firearms, having even taken a journalist with him to the firing range once.

It is the tragic events of 14 February, however, that will be the focus of tomorrow's court hearing.

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