Oscar Pistorius: What next?

2014-09-07 15:00

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Murder accused Oscar Pistorius is being inundated with offers, including a book deal, rights to the movie of his life, and work as a motivational speaker.

A source with close knowledge of the Paralympian’s affairs says he will be able to immediately resume his athletics career because he still receives many invitations to participate in international sporting events.

But standing between a life of fame and riches will be the judgment Judge Thokozile Masipa will hand down in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Thursday.

Court staff say Masipa has already told them she will read her entire judgment?–?and not just a summary and findings?–?in court.

This will take longer than a day, but Pistorius will know by next weekend if he’s guilty of the murder of his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Steenkamp’s friends and family are praying for justice and are counting the hours until Thursday. The model’s mother, June Steenkamp; her cousin Kim Martin; and Kim’s husband, Dion, will slip on to the wooden bench in the court for the last time.

A source close to the family told City Press: “No matter what the outcome is on Thursday, our loss is irreversible. The hype will go away and the world will forget, but we won’t.”

The model’s party-loving friends and housemates, Gina and Kim Myers; and their mother, Desi, are also expected to be in court on Thursday.

City Press understands initial tensions between June Steenkamp and Desi Myers?–?Reeva’s “Joburg mum” who Steenkamp felt was trying to appropriate Reeva’s memory?–?have dissipated over the course of the trial.

Reeva’s ex-boyfriend of six years, Port Elizabeth jockey Wayne Agrella, has kept a low profile. On her birthday on August 19, he wrote on Facebook: “Hope you and the angels having a good one today happy birthday Reeva xxxxxxxxx”.

Professor Wium de Villiers, a criminal law expert from the University of Pretoria, said Masipa’s judgment would start with a summary of the evidence and she would make a finding about the credibility of the evidence of each witness.

She would then decide if the state had proved beyond reasonable doubt whether Pistorius was guilty.

She will also pass judgment on whether his version of events was reasonably or possibly true.


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