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Oscar Pistorius murder trial: ‘My legs were off, she was doing yoga’

by | 19th, February 2013

OSCAR Pistorius murder trial: The media round-up. The runner is on premeditated murder charge on the day the lover he killed, Rever Steenkamp, is cremated. He stands is before Chief magistrate Desmond Nair.

The media

Daniel Howden :

Magistrate orders cameras off as #pistorius enters the dock. They fire away anyway. Is english the barrier? He asks

Guardian’s David Smith:

There’s a real electricity in the air, more than 100 people crammed into a red-brick courtroom. There are lawyers with big files and sheets of paper and briefcases, lots of court officials sitting around, police wearing flak jackets, and dozens of journalists, TV cameras and photographers. It was a massive media scrum to try to get in here.

@karynmaughan .

Court officials now asking over 100 journalists to decide among themselves who gets into #OscarPistorius hearing, tweets

How did he look?

 The athlete looking v contemplative, sitting and staring at his hands. Seems calm

Karyn Maughan ‏@karynmaughan

@chelseabun777 @karynmaughan  How does Oscar look” exhausted, emotional

The Pistorius Statement

He said they went to bed and fell asleep. He woke to close a sliding door and get a fan and went out on to the balcony, he said.

At that point he heard a noise in the bathroom and felt a “sense of terror” rush through him. He was scared and didn’t switch on the light, he said.

He was acutely aware of violent crime and had received death threats in the past, and had been a victim of crime in the past, he said. For that reason he kept a 9mm pistol under the bed.

He said he got his gun and moved towards the bathroom, and screamed at the “intruder” to get out of the house and for Steenkamp to call the police. He thought she was still in bed.

He did not have his prosthetic legs on, and said he felt vulnerable for both himself and Steenkamp. For that reason, he said, he fired through the bathroom door.

He then saw that Steenkamp was not in bed, he said. That was when he realised she could have been in the bathroom, he said. The bathroom door was locked.

He said he went to the balcony and called for help, and then put his legs on.

He said he opened the toilet door by smashing it with a cricket bat. Steenkamp was alive inside, slumped over, he said. He took her to the bathroom, called paramedics and tried to carry her downstairs to get help, he said.

He tried to revive her but she died in his arms, he said.

The words of Pistorius’ advocate Barry Roux:

“Reeva would have gone out with her friends, me with mine. She wanted to stay at home. I was watching TV. My legs were off. She was doing yoga. At the end of the evening we got into bed.”

“I’m acutely aware of people gaining entries to homes to commit crime, I’ve received death threats. I sleep with my 9mm under my bed. I woke up to close the sliding door and heard a noise in the bathroom.”

Pistorius, a double amputee who runs on carbon fibre blades, said he had mobility on stumps, and could walk on them.

I was scared and didn’t switch on the light. I got my gun and moved towards the bathroom. I screamed at the intruder.”

Because I did not have my legs on I felt vulnerable. I fired shots through the bathroom door and told Reeva to call police. I walked back to the bed and realised Reeva was not in bed. It then it dawned on me it could be her in there.”

He said he tried to open

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  • The Real Stig

    So after he got up, Reeva did also and dressed herself to go to the toilet?
    “She was wearing white shorts, a black top and was covered in towels, the court was told.”
    Perhaps they never went to bed as claimed, hence the shouting heard from 2am till 3?
    Amazing how you can think you hear a burglar and go and get a gun from the side of your bed and don’t notice that your paramour isn’t in the bed or try and wake and warn her.
    He’s rich white, and most importantly, a sporting ‘hero’, so ipso facto will be found to be not guilty.

  • dairy

    some women do actually wear shorts and a vest to sleep in….?
    and it now transpires that the shouting was heard by a witness who was actually 600m away from Pistorius’ house…
    it’s quite easy to be disorientated and confused if woken suddenly from deep sleep in the middle of the night….
    I am not saying Pistorius is innocent, but his defence is plausible – so far – and his defence counsel has just made mincemeat of the police investigating officer’s slack procedures….

  • When was the last time you locked the bathroom door when you were alone with your lover in the house? Unless it’s a curry night of course

  • dairy

    hmm – even then it would rather be a case of “I’d leave it for 10 minutes if I were you love”, I suppose….?