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Oscar describes how Reeva died

2013-02-19 14:32

Pretoria - Oscar Pistorius has described, in an affidavit read out to the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Tuesday, how his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp died.

According to Pistorius, he and Steenkamp went to bed at about 22:00 on 13 February 2013.

He explained that he keeps a 9mm pistol under the bed as he has been a victim of crime before.

During the night he went out on the balcony and heard a noise in the bathroom. He said he felt a "sense of terror" rush through him.

Vulnerable

"Because I did not have my legs on I felt vulnerable. I fired shots through the bathroom door and told Reeva to call police."

He then explained that Reeva was not in bed. "That's when it occurred to me that she could have been in the bathroom. The bathroom door was locked. With the benefit of hindsight I realise that Reeva went to the bathroom when I went to close the balcony door."

Pistorius then used a cricket bat to break down the bathroom door.

"Reeva was alive. I took her to the bathroom, called Netcare, picked her up and went downstairs.

"I tried to revive Reeva but she died in my arms. I am mortified.

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

Pistorius said in the statement that he is not a flight risk, will not interfere with witnesses, has no previous convictions and is not disposed to violence. His continued incarceration will be of "no benefit" to the State.

 

 

Comments
  • merushan - 2013-02-19 14:37

    If he kept the gun under his bed or pillow. How did he not notice her not in bed?

      karin.devereuxrackley - 2013-02-19 14:41

      Mmm thought his story was plausible until merushan brought up the gun issue...now I wonder!!!

      karin.devereuxrackley - 2013-02-19 14:41

      Mmm thought his story was plausible until merushan brought up the gun issue...now I wonder!!!

      karin.devereuxrackley - 2013-02-19 14:41

      Mmm thought his story was plausible until merushan brought up the gun issue...now I wonder!!!

      merushan - 2013-02-19 14:45

      At the beginning I wished it was an accident but until I heard about the cricket bat and crushed skull

      merushan - 2013-02-19 14:45

      At the beginning I wished it was an accident but until I heard about the cricket bat and crushed skull

      karin.devereuxrackley - 2013-02-19 14:47

      Reading his statement again, he says he had no legs on and felt vulnerable.... So if he went out on the balcony and heard a noise did he put his legs on and get his gun or did he get back in bed , not notice his gf missing and fire from the bed into the bathroom..... Confusing or is it just me.....

      karin.devereuxrackley - 2013-02-19 14:47

      Reading his statement again, he says he had no legs on and felt vulnerable.... So if he went out on the balcony and heard a noise did he put his legs on and get his gun or did he get back in bed , not notice his gf missing and fire from the bed into the bathroom..... Confusing or is it just me.....

      karin.devereuxrackley - 2013-02-19 14:47

      Reading his statement again, he says he had no legs on and felt vulnerable.... So if he went out on the balcony and heard a noise did he put his legs on and get his gun or did he get back in bed , not notice his gf missing and fire from the bed into the bathroom..... Confusing or is it just me.....

      Native Rsa - 2013-02-19 14:48

      My thoughts as well, really pathetic - I would have thought his lawyers would come out with something a bit more creative than this.

      Native Rsa - 2013-02-19 14:48

      My thoughts as well, really pathetic - I would have thought his lawyers would come out with something a bit more creative than this.

      Native Rsa - 2013-02-19 14:48

      My thoughts as well, really pathetic - I would have thought his lawyers would come out with something a bit more creative than this.

      merushan - 2013-02-19 14:52

      Its going to be another 'Dewani' case. Prolonged till we get bored and forget.

      mabheshankone.zosuthu - 2013-02-19 19:24

      Merushan - exactly! When he got up, it was because he wanted to close "the sliding door", so he would not have had the gun with him then. He heard noises along the way, which means he would've had to fetch the gun from under the pillow. He would've seen that she was not there.

      ndlovucl - 2013-02-20 09:26

      excellent question!!!

      makobo.makhura - 2013-02-20 09:26

      I was just beginning to believe it was a terrible accident until Merushan's comment-"If he kept the gun under his bed or pillow. How did he not notice her not in bed?" Oscar's statement is full of contradictions.

      mike.bundy.73 - 2013-02-20 09:45

      If I get up to investigate strange noises in the night then the FIRST thing I do is check that my wife is ok. If she is still asleep then I'll wake her and tell her that I'm going to investigate noises. I don't ever wander off without knowing where she is, that would be odd.

      marius.koen2 - 2013-02-20 10:15

      I now actually thinks he did not do it. Being a couple of inces from the ground not being able to really move around might be a lot more scarier than one thinks. He also speaks of it being completely dark, could kinda explain why he did not see her. I sleep very lightly and it makes sense to me that Reeva, woke up when he stood up to close to sliding door. I would like to find out how big the bed was, easy to not see somebody sleeping next to u anymore on a big bed with the duvets messed up and in complete darkness.

  • Lee Brand - 2013-02-19 14:39

    Weak. He meant to kill the person behind the door - 4 shots. Even if he had killed Bob Buthelezi the Burglar the charge would be the same - murder.

      mabheshankone.zosuthu - 2013-02-19 19:29

      Very true - a burglar behind the door should be told: "Stay in there, buddy or I'll shoot!". That's how reasonable person behaves. Especially if he is a great shot - in which case: 1. He would know exactly where the burglar was; 2. the burglar wouldn't be so sure about where exactly Oscar was; and 3. Oscar always had the chance to fire the first shot if the burglar tried to jump out - there's only one exit! Come now, Oscar. Pull the other one. Anyway, waste our time with all these people who exploit our crime problems, so they can kill their ladies ?!

  • Jerome Mtshali - 2013-02-19 14:40

    You knew where the gun and your legs were, except for Reeva, until you injured her? Na, try something else man

      thabang.bonang.7 - 2013-02-19 18:34

      Also knew where the cricket bat was.

      Mannie777 - 2013-02-20 10:10

      Spot on Jerome!

  • Maverick82 - 2013-02-19 14:41

    Didn't he need his legs to go and close the balcony door??...but he said he felt vunerable because he didn't have his legs on?!....and she was in the bathroom when he shot her, but says after he broke the door open with the cricket bat he took her to the bathroom, phoned netcare and then carried her sown stairs...

      zubaier.abrahams - 2013-02-19 20:42

      good point Mav. If he shot her in the bathroom and broke the bathroom door open with the bat, how did he take her to the bathroom again. was the bathroom that he shot her in not nice enough for the paramedics to see so he had to take her to a nicer bathroom?

      lizaholder - 2013-02-19 20:53

      Exactly!!!!!!! Nothing he says makes sense!?

      Thabo Sekano - 2013-02-20 08:35

      Oscar u are a disgrace not only to fellow south africans but to the whole world,u know the truth just stop wasting our time and tax payers money.just take ur blades to prison and serve your time.

  • Esther van Schalkwyk - 2013-02-19 14:42

    Ai, Oscar, Ai!

  • Grant LE Grange - 2013-02-19 14:45

    Hahahaha!! Ai! The beauty of hindsight hey. How conveniant!!!! It all smells 2 me but loads of otha stuff will still surface, we can all be sure of that as it allways does.

  • hilola.selani - 2013-02-19 14:45

    Uxoka isxhosa thyini! Try next door Pinnochio

  • Lebohang Naartjie Mokoena - 2013-02-19 14:46

    even jub jub and his friend did not intent to kill those kidss and they too will spent their lives in jail.crime is crime boet.you celebrities think you can do as you please in this country and get away with murder,no no no no no the law must deal with you...and the fact that he is lying makes me sick to my stomach

      Stephan Butler - 2013-02-19 14:57

      Interesting. U say celebrities think they can get away with crime? Even our President rapes and gest away with that.

  • Bongumusa Shozi - 2013-02-19 14:47

    Ok so that means that everytime she sleeps over she has neva gone to the toilet in the middle of the night and if the gun was under the pillow that means reeva was not there???surely if ur scared an realise ur girlfriend nt nex 2 u, u would call out her name before shooting. And wat is a burgler doing in the bathroom,combing his hair or having a shower!!!! Jus not possible

      Bongumusa Shozi - 2013-02-19 14:52

      Very importantly since him and his girlfriend are so close and been dating a long time why would she lock the bathroom door??? No gf of mine goes 2 the bathroom an locks the door each time

      sedeshan - 2013-02-20 10:04

      I think she locked herself in the bathroom to keep him out.

      Mannie777 - 2013-02-20 10:28

      Sedeshan - I also think thats exactly what happened. She ran to the bathroom while they were having an argument and "Mr = you can run but you cannot hide cause I'll just shoot you through the flippen door". 4 shots later and calming down after his tantrum, he realised what his done (broke the door open with the cricket bat) and ran downstairs with her to try and save her. Too late... Just my opinion .... but surely makes more sense than OP's affidavit.

      Mannie777 - 2013-02-20 10:36

      Problem with telling lies is that in a court of law you will be cross examined and asked to tell your story over and over - every single detail. If you told the truth then remembering those small details and repeating them are easy, not so easy when you being untruthful. Somewhere you gonna slip up....

  • taurai.taivo - 2013-02-19 14:47

    Where was Reeva when he told her to call the police? His story appears to be short but is surprisingly full of inconsistances.

      sedeshan - 2013-02-20 10:05

      Good question - did he not wait for a reply from her before blasting away?

  • Jacyjay's Letsoalo - 2013-02-19 14:48

    I have a good mind that this case isn't gonna end now...there is gonna be trial and more trial in this matter. It sounds believable, but fourtimes eish...maybe the guy also had forgotten to put on his hearing aids. Only God, Oscar and the deceased know the truth. The court will find the truth eventually. I am trying to put my self in his shoes and it is also hard to remember that another family just buried their loved one today

  • ferdi.preller - 2013-02-19 14:48

    So you go out on the balcony with a 9mm or did the gun jump into his hand before he fired in front of the bathroom door?? For his sake I hope the forensic evidence is as lame as his crap story! Should the people you want to protect against intruders be behind you or in front of you? Seriously! He has to stick to that version now unfortunately! There is a HUGE gap in truth right in the middle of this story.

  • Louise Whittingstall Barnard - 2013-02-19 14:50

    maybe it was a habit she had(locking the door), she knew he was up so maybe she never wanted him to walk in on her! who knows?? I believe him tho, this was a terrible tragedy and he will never have the life he once he had because he accidentally killed the woman he loved!!

      pikeyh1ll - 2013-02-20 09:08

      he can't walk in on her, he apparently didn't have his legs on.

  • dean.rule.50 - 2013-02-19 14:51

    Does he even understand how pathetic that sounds. He went from the balcony to the bed in total fear. Got his gun from under the bed, not even bothering to look to see if she was there. The rushed to the bathroom and shot 4 times. Unless she died instantly I am sure she would have screamed. Really weak story, full of basic holes. I am not normally so vocal about things. Pity the bugger can't swing, by the neck.

      Ragel de Wet - 2013-02-19 15:19

      Yes. She was shot through the hand and arm too which indicates that she had the natural reaction of fending off the danger. He must have fired very quickly as well looking at the three bullet wounds we know off. The fatal head wound could have been in any order but most probably last. As for the screaming when he shot through the door...people have different reactions. She could have either shouted or screamed OR just held her hands around her head frozen by fear and shock. Difficult to say. Yes his statement does have a lot of loopholes but perhaps it was designed like that by his legal team. Remember that a lot more court appearances is coming with all sorts off evidence and arguments, so they have to give a statement that is good enough for bail only at this stage and leave the finer details for later. Let's see how the evidence present itself and be fair and objective in our views. :)

  • Khanyile Busokwakhe - 2013-02-19 14:54

    Oscar's new party is mamphele ramphele's party AGANG ( A GANGSTERISM )

      Isaiah Tshoenyana - 2013-02-19 16:51

      Get your facts straight Khanyile..This is not a politically motivated case..Think before u talk..How does the Agang Party fits in in this bail hearing? U must think first before u say anything...

      erich.vonstalhein.14 - 2013-02-19 22:01

      Tit

  • Philemon Nkabinde - 2013-02-19 14:54

    u thatha ama chance this is not a Lotto Oscar 'Liar'

  • Zama Khumalo - 2013-02-19 14:55

    So he didn't realise that she was not in bed when he went to get the gun under the bed or does he close the balcony door with his gun in hi hands???????

      Kaya Mbali - 2013-02-19 16:24

      If he close the Balcony with a firearm in his hand then that Golfestate must b worse that HIlBROW on crime

  • shaun.swanepoel.104 - 2013-02-19 14:57

    May The Lord be with you and the hole family!!!!

      jason.millar.391 - 2013-02-19 22:44

      Was that necessary?

  • bradleybrits - 2013-02-19 14:57

    This sounds very far-fetched and doesn't quite make sense. So he's out on the balcony and then hears a noise. He crawls back to his bed. Doesn't notice Reeva's not in bed and then after putting on his legs and getting a gun he blindly shoots 4 bullets through a closed door without investigating first? I don't know about the rest here but if I hear a strange noise noise my first instinct is to check if my wife is oj first. Then the rest. And shooting is a last resort. Not done bli dly through a closed door when its most likely your partner in the bathroom. I have less respect for him that the coward is lying. What abiut the domestic dispute earlier that night tgat caused tge neighbours to contact the police?

      Bongiwe Hlatshwayo - 2013-02-19 15:04

      I agree 100%, my thoughts exactly. Anyone who believes this needs a brain exam.

      lionel.defrontignac - 2013-02-20 05:32

      Exactly; and why would she lock the door?

      sedeshan - 2013-02-20 10:12

      I agree with bradley. Perhaps that domestic dispute was the reason she locked herself in the bathroom in the first place?

  • Jacques - 2013-02-19 14:57

    What a mess. Jeepers I feel for her family, imagine your own flesh and blood gunned down like that.

  • megan.abbett - 2013-02-19 14:58

    Unfortunately even if this shooting was an accident, the media have painted Oscar to be a steroid filled, hateful murderer, they have reported falsely, sensationalized it all just to sell their damn newspapers! They don't care whose name they drag in the mud, and the public stupidly believe everything that's printed! Shame on these people!! Innocent until proven guilty, only report FACTS please! If he is guilty I hope justice will be served, if it was a mistake as he claims I hope the evidence will support that.

      Yonela Gope - 2013-02-19 16:37

      Shame on u,till they shoot u,u will knw

      Isaiah Tshoenyana - 2013-02-19 16:37

      Thats my point Megan...People are busy asking questions which in turn they give answers to them..Why do we have police, lawyers and judges if people outside already have their judgement? Innocent until proven guilty..and if he is guilty the law will apply accordingly..

      Yonela Gope - 2013-02-19 16:57

      Shame on u,till they shoot u,u will knw

      rianasemail - 2013-02-19 20:24

      Hey M, u r only instigating the age old believe that men are superior to woman, cant u see that this is violence inflicted against women…because of patriagal believes and an individual whom has serous woman issues (please look at all his previous GF”s, they look all the same) this man had an obsession with woman looking alike (maybe his mother) …en jy vuur die slegte net aan, tipies ook va julle blinde skape!!

  • Luthando Yaso - 2013-02-19 14:58

    I feel sorry for this young.....what a loss to the country

  • Mnologist - 2013-02-19 14:58

    Its not making sense to me...

  • jacques.debruyn.522 - 2013-02-19 14:59

    How did he get to the balgony without his legs?

      craig.thom.376 - 2013-02-19 18:09

      skateboard

  • Mandla D Mavuso - 2013-02-19 15:00

    Hei oscar do walk around the house with a gun, if not when did u get the gun! Under the bed where u were both sleeping how come u didn't noticed that your girl-enemy was not there..... Overdosed this time around

      rianasemail - 2013-02-19 20:26

      my view too M

  • maneo.molefe - 2013-02-19 15:06

    Why would Reeva lock herself in a bathroom when its only her

      Iampeople - 2013-02-19 20:48

      I could answer you on the balance of probability. If he had shouted at Reeva to call for help and she was in the loo, surely her instinct would be to lock the door? Thing is, in a court of law the verdict does not lie with with balance of probability but with burdon of proof

      sedeshan - 2013-02-20 10:17

      Iampeople - I didn't think about it that way before. I guess that is a possibility, but still doesn't explain why he did not wait for a reply from her after telling her to call the cops.

  • raal.nordin - 2013-02-19 15:06

    The attorneys will drag this out until the money dries up!

      Fudge Vr - 2013-02-19 15:08

      Its a waste of Taxpayers money aswell!

  • Mbusi Taleni Nzimande - 2013-02-19 15:06

    Amen Du Preez!!!The only way this is viable is if he already had the gun when he went to the balcony,I mean you go all the way back to your bed reach underneath it,grab your gun and completely not notice she's not there.I don't know.People paranoid with crime don't leave their doors open when they sleep,and I've experienced a house robbery before so I know that for a fact

  • Fudge Vr - 2013-02-19 15:07

    How can u not know ur partner is not in bed with u? and why would ur partner lock herself in the bathroom at that time of nyt? Pls man u looking for a easy way out! U did the crime u must now do the time!

      Timothy Smee - 2013-02-19 15:17

      Fudge he didn't love Reeva,He wanted her dead this was a pre-mediated murder he put up a front of love,and at night he put up a front of murder,I have seen this everytime Alfredo killed his gay lover Cesar because he cheated on him with a younger man,so he put on a mask of I love u,I will never hurt and then as Oscar turns his back,Alfredo kill him so I ask u this Oscar Pistorious is guilty as sin,if you know your partner isn't in bed with u,and gone to pick up clothes then know that don't assume she is a burglar or a threat Pistorius put on two masks a mask of a national hero and a mask of a monster .

  • Bongiwe Hlatshwayo - 2013-02-19 15:17

    This is the biggest load of bs i have ever heard. Does he really think we are dumb?

      Clive Demad - 2013-02-19 15:23

      lies will just make things worse..haaiman!

      craig.thom.376 - 2013-02-19 19:03

      No he is Dumb

  • heinrich.swart.3 - 2013-02-19 15:25

    Why was the bathroom door locked?

  • Thilivhali Fitzgerald - 2013-02-19 15:27

    that is your advocate's statement Oscar are you telling us when you went to take your gun under the bed you didnt realise your girlfriend wasnt in bed also dont you know the voice of your gf ?why would Reeva make noise that would scare you to think its an intruder tell us your truth

      Ndivho Gundo Rammbuda - 2013-02-19 16:11

      Ja neh.probably he is lying.i believe he must tell da truth and stop wasting the jurys time because he is not having a case here.

      Yonela Gope - 2013-02-19 16:26

      Oscar is js making me angry,does it mean reeva did nt hear d noise herself while he was closing the balcony,God will punish him double

  • Thabiso Wa Ga Dlamama - 2013-02-19 15:36

    The sad part about this is that the 2 families are in pain and shock and all Oscar can come up with is a lame excuse as to why he killed an innocent woman....which is all lies. He must just tell both families the truth, the Steenkamp family most especially deserve to know the truth on why their daughter was murdered in cold blood. At the end of the day, justice will prevail.

  • megan.abbett - 2013-02-19 15:42

    My comments never seem to get posted! Obviously it must be because I mention the media in a bad light.

  • Lewendi Craill Grimbeeck - 2013-02-19 15:44

    I do feel for both families. To speculate on what might actually have happened... Will NOT make things better for either party. Only Oscar and God knows what truly happened. Don't judge him people...support either family in whichever way possible.

      Ndivho Gundo Rammbuda - 2013-02-19 16:01

      Yes lewendi,Reeva knows as well how she was killed so let us stop being judgemental.

      Isaiah Tshoenyana - 2013-02-19 16:19

      Innocent until proven guilty...if proven guilty the law will apply..i ask myself why ppl are so judgemental whereas we have relevant ppl to deal with this matter? the judges and the police..

  • ray.molekoa.5 - 2013-02-19 15:45

    Yes I agree , his incarceration won't benefit the state in anyway . Give him bail , the verdict is still to come . We are a country with the best constitution in the world , REMEMBER ?

  • Gerrit Van Heerden - 2013-02-19 15:48

    Quick question, why would Reeva lock the bathroom door?

      Nemakondé Rendie - 2013-02-19 16:58

      He was already shot her thigh,and she thought he won't shoot her again

      zubaier.abrahams - 2013-02-19 21:12

      better question, why would Oscar think that the burglar is sitting on the toilet and not taking cover behind or against the wall (i don't know the layout of the bathroom) It's like he knew where the target would be.

  • Gugu Mpofu - 2013-02-19 15:53

    Oscar i luv u,bt there are jst a lot of holes in this story,u went to close the balcony door on yo stumps when dd u puton yo artificial limbs to go shoot,kick and carry Reeva down the stairs?mebe u r tlng the truth bt if nt pliz jc cme clean.i wl luv u all the mre for being man enuff to tk yo punishment.

      erich.vonstalhein.14 - 2013-02-19 22:03

      Yup, the standard of education sure is dropping in this place...

  • Nomvula Nkosi - 2013-02-19 16:03

    Oscar pls stop lying to the world . Are you telling the whole WORLD that you crawled with your knees carrying a GUN to close your balcony. If u a victim of crime as u claim, u were gona make sure dat u put your legs on so that if anything goes wrong u can b in top of de situation quickly. How can u jst fire the shots without checking yo galfriend if she's safe in de bedroom. When u say you told her to call the police , did she respond to u? Come clean Pistorius bcos yo story does not add up

  • veldt66 - 2013-02-19 16:04

    You should also give other criminals the benefit of doubt & support their families too. Idiot

  • Lohan Felix - 2013-02-19 16:09

    what a load of bs!!! man up oscar u owe reeva's family the truth; u owe your family the truth u owe south africa the truth!!! u killed her just admit the damage has been done a lame lie is not going to save u!

  • megan.abbett - 2013-02-19 16:14

    H

  • Siyabonga Christopher Papi Came - 2013-02-19 16:35

    Wrestling Athletes are the craziest in the world of intertainment but they have a lot of respect for women.

      Collete Tladi - 2013-02-19 16:52

      Was he a wrestler as well?

      Taylor Ann Popp - 2013-02-19 18:16

      He did have respect for women. He did abuse her or enything. He didn't even know that he hadd shot her he thought it was a burgular. He didn't shoot her on purpose OK. Don't be so quick to judge.

      Taylor Ann Popp - 2013-02-19 19:55

      He didn't abuse her I mean

      mike.bundy.73 - 2013-02-20 09:48

      Taylor Ann: All of your assumptions are pure speculation, wait for the evidence.

  • Madise Paul-Zuhair Mphuthi - 2013-02-19 17:14

    you fu*ked up ma friend!!

  • Social Commentary - 2013-02-19 18:04

    There's little to this story that makes sense. It's fascinating though how people seem to have already made up there minds whether he is innocent or not, even though there's been very little factual information presented. Most of it has been speculation. If you're interested in a related article check out Jobsbusinessandmoney.blogspot.kr/2013/02/Oscar-pistorius-lance-armstrong-and.html

  • craig.thom.376 - 2013-02-19 18:05

    BS

  • graham.irwin.395 - 2013-02-19 18:09

    so do you normally go out on you balcany at night with you gun get real

  • Julia Meyer - 2013-02-19 18:17

    If he was so extremely terrified of crime and death threats why did he sleep with the balcony door open?

  • Julia Meyer - 2013-02-19 18:17

    If he was so extremely terrified of crime and death threats why did he sleep with the balcony door open?

  • sarahmay.bristow - 2013-02-19 18:24

    I am not saying he is innocent but before you guys completely tear the statement to shreds you should go and read the entire affidavit. A lot of your comments are actually answered there. This is a very shortened version. He is able to move around on his stumps but obviously he not going to be very mobile which would definitely come with a sense of vulnerability. He would not have been the first person to have killed someone in their home thinking it was an intruder (nor would he be the first South African famous athlete to do so), so without knowing all the facts I don't think we can judge.