Oscar Pistorius wins bail: ‘some kind of species the world has never seen before’ (photos)
OSCAR Pistorius has spent 4 days applying to be bailed for his shooting dead of Reeva Steenkamp, his lover. If this has been a big show, just wait until the main event. He’s won bail. A reader writes:
The Pistorius affair looks as though it may become a white athelete – black cop thing rather than an out and out temper/drug fuelled murder of a young woman. Either way Oscar’s finished, split and smoked like a haddock.
Magistrate Desmond Nair says the media have treated Pistorius like <em >“some kind of species the world has never seen before”.
He asks a key question: why did the accused fly into the apparent danger zone without his prosthetic legs when he had other course of action open to him?
Why didn’t Pistorius not ascertain the whereabouts of his girlfriend?
Why didn’t he ask who was in the toilet?
Why did Pistorius venture into the danger zone – might he not have been shot? He left the danger area to get his gun. But no intruder emerged to shoot him. Pistorius then returned to the bathroom to shoot through the closed door? In all that time he never thought of his girlfriend’s whereabouts?
All the evidence is circumstantial. Only Pistorus knows for certain what happened. More will emerge. This is not the trial. The State’s case is not watertight.
OP sobbing and shaking as the magistrate repeats his friends’ words about the couple being deeply in love
Tweets Lucy Bannerman:
“Everyone piling back into courtroom ahead of bail decision. Tension racheting up. Feels like a sauna in here.”