The Pistorius murder case

February 15th, 2013 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

South African “Blade Runner” , a double amputee who became one of the biggest names in world athletics, has been charged with shooting dead his girlfriend at his home in Pretoria.

This will be the trial of the year.

I read elsewhere she was shot four times. This may make the defence claim of mistaking her for a burglar somewhat difficult.

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38 Responses to “The Pistorius murder case”

  1. 2boyz (230 comments) says:

    Looks like he’s going to plead guilty, during discussions with his legal team they have said he doesn’t have a leg to stand on.

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  2. Ryan Sproull (6,641 comments) says:

    A police officer said that the “thought she was a burglar” idea didn’t come from them.

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  3. Kimble (4,092 comments) says:

    Shooting four times?

    Maybe it would be important if it was a crossbow, but not if its a hand gun.

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  4. sHr0oMaN (18 comments) says:

    If memory serves, one is automatically charged when a homicide is involved. Even if it is self-defence.
    Media here seem to be making an issue about the fact that he had many “weapons” in his home – cricket bat, baseball bat, hand gun and “machine gun”.

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  5. mara (639 comments) says:

    If I thought I was shooting a burglar, I’d fire all bullets in the gun. Why not?

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  6. muggins (2,891 comments) says:

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=10865554

    Looks like a domestic. I don’t reckon he will be competing for some considerable time.

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  7. Rightandleft (574 comments) says:

    The history of domestic incidents is the real problem for him, not the four shots. I’ve spend a couple months in South Africa and if I thought somebody was breaking into my house I’d want to shoot as quickly and as many times as I needed to put them down. In Pretoria and Joburg in particular there is extreme violence involved in most home invasions and hijackings. I could understand him shooting a burglar 4 times. But that track record of domestic incidents, if true, makes me think this was no accident.

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  8. Radman (127 comments) says:

    If she came in through my window on Valentines Day I’d be shooting alright, but not bullets.

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  9. TheContrarian (1,043 comments) says:

    Does Oscar Pistorius dream of electric sheep?

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  10. ross69 (3,637 comments) says:

    She may have bought him all sorts of gifts and he didn’t buy her anything. We can imagine what her response would have been.

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  11. tvb (3,937 comments) says:

    She came in through the bathroom window but I guess she didn’t have a silver spoon. I wonder what the surprise was for valentines day? I guess he had one for her.

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  12. Bob R (1,250 comments) says:

    With a 9mm pistol it sounds like you could easily get a few shots off pretty quickly.

    “And the fact is, if I’m ever involved in a self-defense shooting situation, I have the odd feeling my “target” is not going to be standing perfectly still like it is when I’m at the gun range. This means if I’m shooting its likely going to take multiple hits to bring down an attacker. In other words, if it’s a dynamic situation where people are moving my hits might end up in the arm, leg, chest, any number of places.

    And it’s for this very reason I carry the 9mm.

    You see, the 9mm lets me get off a quicker burst of shots because it has less recoil and enables me to get my gun back on target quicker. If you think that all you need is your .45 and one bullet to stop an intruder, then what if that one round hits him in the arm? By the time you’ve got one round off, I’ll have 3-4 with my 9mm and the attacker will hopefully be stopped by then.

    In addition to allowing me to shoot more shots more quickly, the 9mm also lets me carry more rounds. I realize the majority of gun fights are under 6 rounds, but I still prefer a 15 round magazine to an 8 round magazine. After all, the way life works your defensive encounter will be the 1% of gunfights that requires 10 or more rounds. (Don’t forget multiple attackers and the “flash mobs” we have these days.)”

    http://www.usacarry.com/why-i-carry-a-9mm-handgun/

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  13. Scott Chris (5,672 comments) says:

    This may make the defence claim of mistaking her for a burglar somewhat difficult.

    Doesn’t have a leg to stand on.

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  14. Sean (293 comments) says:

    Of course, if he was a trained police officer in Auckland, he wouldn’t prosecuted or even arrested for shooting someone…

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  15. Harriet (4,001 comments) says:

    “….This may make the defence claim of mistaking her for a burglar somewhat difficult….”

    Hardly!

    Over 20,000 rapes are ‘reported’ in SA each year – more than twice of that would actually ‘occur’ – if not more. Home invasion is also very very common.

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  16. dime (8,742 comments) says:

    so for the first time in history, a dude with no legs picks up a smoking hot chick who will do him without cash changing hands.. and he offs her?? what an asshole.

    lock him up for life and dont give em his fake legs.

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  17. slightlyrighty (2,448 comments) says:

    Roses are red,
    Violets are glorious.
    Don’t try to surprise
    Oscar Pistorius

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  18. Colville (1,765 comments) says:

    dime mate..a bit harsh! He was a olympic athelete and I assume loaded as he wasnt shy of press/advertising/self promotion. I doubt he lacked for company.

    But as always the first rule of using a firearm is identify your target!

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  19. Radman (127 comments) says:

    Of course, if he was a trained police officer in Auckland, he wouldn’t prosecuted or even arrested for shooting someone…

    Prosecuted? He would’ve missed!!

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  20. dime (8,742 comments) says:

    Dime is a bit cranky at the moment, youll have to bare with me…

    If Dime was facing life in a south african jail, Dime would top himself.

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  21. Colville (1,765 comments) says:

    He is a SA sporting hero, he will “walk” free.

    remember the Springbok prop on roids that punched one of his workers to death? not even a wet bus ticket.

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  22. dime (8,742 comments) says:

    Colville – did the prop kill a black fella? or a smoking hot blonde model?

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  23. Colville (1,765 comments) says:

    Black farm worker. Buired him and paid off the family.

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  24. Colville (1,765 comments) says:

    http://www.tntmagazine.com/media/content/_master/48167/images/reeva-steenkamp-shot-dead-oscar-pistorius.jpg

    what a waste!

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  25. Jimbob (639 comments) says:

    He always appeared to be an arrogant prick.
    He should know by now what his bird looked like at night without mistaking her for an intruder. It sounds as if he was out to smoke her. There are easier ways of kicking her out of the house, I just think he is arrogant and believes he can get away with it.

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  26. mara (639 comments) says:

    And the Oscar goes to … drum roll … JAIL!

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  27. Franca (3 comments) says:

    It was initially compared to the case of Rudi Visagie shooting his daughter Marlé in 2004 when he thought she was a stranger stealing her car. It’s very tragic for Reeva Steenkamp and her family, but incredibly suspicious for Pistorius. Although, if you were a marksman shooting in a suspected home invasion, you’d fire more than one bullet. I would, anyway.

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  28. Pauleastbay (5,030 comments) says:

    Well, he won’t have her to kick around anymore.
    Sorry, a bit lame that one.

    There must be some decent jokes doing the rounds surely

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  29. Grant Michael McKenna (1,151 comments) says:

    Mr Pistorius has a history of “domestic incidents”, as the SA Police Services put it, and one assault warning, [the latter not counting as a conviction]; it seems more the South African tradition of domestic violence than a case of mistaken identity.

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  30. ross69 (3,637 comments) says:

    In breaking news, Oscar Pistorius has announced he is quitting athletics. He says he’d like to respresent his country in the men’s 25-meter rapid fire pistol and, all going well and depending on his parole conditions, hopes to appear at the 2032 Olympics.

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  31. Tookinator (195 comments) says:

    As John Cleese said “His defence lawyer will just claim he was legless at the time…”

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  32. thedavincimode (6,102 comments) says:

    He was denied bail. Concerns that he would do a runner.

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  33. gazzaj (106 comments) says:

    so for the first time in history, a dude with no legs picks up a smoking hot chick who will do him without cash changing hands.. and he offs her?? what an asshole.

    Maybe he got cold feet

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  34. BlairM (2,265 comments) says:

    I read elsewhere she was shot four times. This may make the defence claim of mistaking her for a burglar somewhat difficult.

    I’m assuming someone has hijacked the blog, as DPF is generally to intelligent to say something so utterly fucking stupid. You can bet your ass if there was a burglar in my home and it was dark I am going to fire four fucking shots at the bastard. Please for the love of God think before you write things like this!

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  35. ross69 (3,637 comments) says:

    if there was a burglar in my home and it was dark I am going to fire four fucking shots at the bastard.

    Really? Then you would risk being charged with murder. It sounds like you might have an anger problem. You of course are missing the point – Pistorius’s girlfriend, not a burglar, was inside his house. He has denied murdering her.

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  36. Left Right and Centre (2,388 comments) says:

    It sounds like you might have an anger problem.

    Nah… cunt in his house problem.

    NZ home invasion laws are gay. They come in your house and you kill them…. only the funeral home should have paperwork to do.

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  37. Manolo (12,607 comments) says:

    ross69, I’m sure you would come out and offer tea and biscuits to the burglar, while discussing his deprived childhood which forced him to go into crime.

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  38. marcw (206 comments) says:

    I believe his lawyer has asked for electronically monitored bail – an ankle bracelet perhaps?

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