Pistorius convicted of murder

December 4th, 2015 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

South Africa’s “Blade Runner” Oscar Pistorius was found guilty on Thursday of murdering his girlfriend, in an appeal court ruling that could see him sent back to prison for at least 15 years.

The Supreme Court upgraded the 29-year-old Paralympian’s sentence on appeal to murder from “culpable homicide”, South Africa’s equivalent of manslaughter, for which he had received a five-year sentence. 

This is great news. He got off far too lightly. I’m very pleased for her family.

Pistorius family should be grateful not complaining

October 7th, 2015 at 1:05 pm by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

Oscar Pistorius’ family criticised South African authorities on Tuesday (Wednesday NZ Time) for delays in deciding whether he should be released from jail and moved to house arrest, saying his rights were being “undermined” because of the publicity surrounding his case. …

Pistorius was approved to be released on August 21 after serving 10 months of his five-year manslaughter sentence for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

It is an outrage that he is may get out after 10 months, for slaughtering his girlfriend. His family really should STFU and be grateful he isn’t being locked up for 25 years as he deserves.

Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide

September 13th, 2014 at 2:00 pm by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

A South African judge has found Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and declared him not guilty of murder.

Prosecutors said they were disappointed by the ruling but would decide on whether to appeal only after sentencing.

Judge Thokozile Masipa said there was not enough evidence to support the contention that Pistorius knew Steenkamp was behind a locked toilet door in his home when he shot through the door in the predawn hours of Valentine’s Day last year. Masipa said prosecutors had not proven beyond a reasonable doubt that Pistorius intended to kill Steenkamp.

I’m glad he hasn’t got off entirely. Personally I didn’t see any reasonable doubt.

The conviction of culpable homicide, or negligent killing, can bring a maximum prison sentence of 15 years, although legal experts pointed to five years as a guideline.

Hopefully it is more than five.


February 17th, 2013 at 7:59 am by David Farrar

The BBC report:

“I am the bullet in the chamber” ran the strapline for the Nike advert featuring Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius.

As the South African athlete faced charges of “premeditated murder” in a Pretoria courtroom following the shooting dead of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, his sponsors went into crisis-management mode.

Nike swiftly pulled the unfortunately-worded ads, as the perils of celebrity brand endorsement were brought sharply into focus once again.

Oh dear. If there is a competition for most inappropriate ad straplines with the benefit of hindsight this must win.

Hat Tip: Mandy on FB

The Pistorius murder case

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

Stuff reports:

South African “Blade Runner” Oscar Pistorius, 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.

Should Postorius run

July 8th, 2012 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

The HoS editorial:

The question of whether the double-amputee runner Oscar Pistorius should be eligible to run in the Olympic Games has been needlessly turned into a technical and ethical conundrum.

The 25-year-old South African sprinter, born without fibula bones, had both legs amputated at mid-shin as a baby because he would never have been able to walk on them. Now he runs – on J-shaped carbon-fibre prosthetics. He holds the world records for his disabled-athlete class in the 100m, 200m and 400m.

He is an amazing athlete, who could have spent his life in a wheel chair but instead has pushed himself to his limit.

Those who argue for his inclusion suggest that it might help erase the lines between people with physical disabilities and those without. But such reasoning is specious and, worse, supports him by patronising him. There is no erasing the line between Pistorius and the other runners against whom he will line up in London: he does not have the legs that birth gave him. It may make able-bodied people feel warm and fuzzy to say he’s just like the rest of us. He is not. His legs were made in Iceland. …

The nature of athletic competition is that like contends with like. Sports’ governing bodies come up with divisions – by weight and age, for example – all the time, in order to ensure that undue differences are erased. The essence of the Olympics’ purest form, track and field events, is that – gender apart – competition is open to all-comers.

The corollary is that competitors show up with nothing other than what their genes and training regimes have equipped them with. The now-sophisticated drug-testing regime – and the ignominy that attends on those exposed as drug cheats – attest to our desire that competitors are not advantaged by science.

The question of whether Pistorius is advantaged or disadvantaged does not require answering. The fact that it even needs to be asked renders it redundant. One look at him is enough to tell you that he has no more a place in those races than somebody with a jet pack strapped to his back.

I’m tempted to agree. I have the greatest respect for disabled athletes, but in the Olympics any use of technology shouldn’t be allowed.