Oscar Pistorius full affadavit

2013-02-20 09:06
Oscar Pistorius (Picture: AFP)

Oscar Pistorius (Picture: AFP)

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I fail to understand how I could be charged with murder, let alone premeditated murder, as I had no intention to kill my girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

On 13 February, Reeva would have gone out with her friends and I with my friends, Pistorius said in the affidavit.

Reeva then called me and asked that we rather spend the evening at home.

I agreed and we were content to have a quiet dinner together at home.

By about 10pm on 13 February 2013, we were in our bedroom. She was doing her yoga exercises and I was in bed watching television.

My prosthetic legs were off. We were deeply in love and I could not be happier. I know she felt the same way.

She had given me a present for Valentine's Day, but asked me only to open it the next day.

After Steenkamp finished her yoga exercises, she got into bed and we both fell asleep.

I am acutely aware of violent crime being committed by intruders entering homes with a view to commit crime, including violent crime. I have received death threats before. I have also been a victim of violence and of burglary before.

For that reason, I kept my firearm, a 9mm Parabellum, underneath my bed when I went to bed at night.

During the early hours of 14 February, 2013, I woke up, went onto the balcony to bring the fan in and close the sliding door, the blinds and the curtains.

I heard a noise in the bathroom and realised that someone was in the bathroom. I felt a sense of terror rushing over me.

There are no burglar bars across the bathroom window and I knew that contractors who worked at my house had left the ladders outside.

Although I did not have my prosthetic legs on I have mobility on my stumps.

I believed that someone had entered my house. I was too scared to switch a light on. I grabbed my 9mm pistol from underneath my bed.

On my way to the bathroom, I screamed words to the effect for him/them to get out of my house and for Reeva to phone the police.

It was pitch dark in the bedroom and I thought Reeva was in bed. I noticed that the bathroom window was open. I realised that the intruder/s was/were in the toilet because the toilet door was closed and I did not see anyone in the bathroom.

I heard movement inside the toilet. The toilet is inside the bathroom and has a separate door.

It filled me with horror and fear of an intruder or intruders being inside the toilet.

I thought he or they must have entered through the unprotected window, he said.

As I did not have my prosthetic legs on and felt extremely vulnerable, I knew I had to protect Reeva and myself.

I believed that when the intruder/s came out of the toilet we would be in grave danger.

I felt trapped as my bedroom door was locked and I have limited mobility on my stumps.

I fired shots at the toilet door and shouted to Reeva to phone the police, he said.

She did not respond and I moved backwards out of the bathroom, keeping my eyes on the bathroom entrance.

Everything was pitch dark in the bedroom and I was still too scared to switch on a light. Reeva was not responding.

When I reached the bed, I realised that Reeva was not in bed.

That is when it dawned on me that it could have been Reeva who was in the toilet.

I returned to the bathroom calling her name. I tried to open the toilet door but it was locked. I rushed back into the bedroom and opened the sliding door, exiting onto the balcony and screamed for help.

I put on my prosthetic legs, ran back to the bathroom and tried to kick the toilet door open.

I think I must then have turned on the lights.

I went back into the bedroom and grabbed my cricket bat to bash open the toilet door. A panel or panels broke off and I found the key on the floor and unlocked and opened the door.

Reeva was slumped over but alive.

I battled to get her out of the toilet and pulled her into the bathroom.

I phoned Johan Stander [Stander] who was involved in the administration of the estate and asked him to phone the ambulance. I phoned Netcare and asked for help, said Pistorius.

I went downstairs to open the front door. I returned to the bathroom and picked Reeva up as I had been told not to wait for the paramedics, but to take her to hospital.

I carried her downstairs in order to take her to the hospital. On my way down, Stander arrived. A doctor who lives in the complex also arrived.

Downstairs, I tried to render the assistance to Reeva that I could, but she died in my arms.

I am absolutely mortified by the events and the devastating loss of my beloved Reeva.

With the benefit of hindsight I believe that Reeva went to the toilet when I went out onto the balcony to bring the fan in.

I cannot bear to think of the suffering I have caused her and her family, knowing how much she was loved.

I also know that the events of that tragic night were as I have described them and that in due course I have no doubt the police and expert investigators will bear this out, said Pistorius.

I will stand trial should it proceed against me. I am a well-known international athlete and there is no possibility I will even think of not standing my trial should there be one.

I trust the South African legal system and the facts will show I did not murder Reeva.

I do not know the identity of any of the witnesses upon whom the State will rely in order to attempt to prove a case against me.

I any event I have no intention to interfere with the witnesses as I have no cause to do so and I undertake not to do so.

I maintain good relationships with people and bear no grudges against anyone.

As previously stated, I have no previous convictions and have not been released on bail pending any charges.

I am not disposed to violence.

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