Last Valentine’s Day, a beautiful blond supermodel named Reeva Steenkamp was shot in the home of Oscar Pistorius, a South African double amputee athlete who won medals despite the fact he lost his legs when he was an 11 month old baby. Pistorius shot his girlfriend through the door, then carried her down the stairs. While authorities tried to revive the wounded Steenkamp, Pistorius told everyone that he had mistaken Steenkamp for a burglar that had broken into his home.
A Far-Fetched Tale From The Beginning
The story that Oscar Pistorius told sounds completely far-fetched, and to everyone that hears it, the first thing they think is that Pistorius is lying because no one could make a mistake like that. Logic would dictate that if anyone has company in their house, and they hear a noise, they would naturally assume noises are being made by the other person, and certainly would not grab a gun to go find out. The South African prosecution does not believe him either, which is why he is facing a murder charge. However, what people may not realize is that despite the ridiculousness of his story, Oscar Pistorius may actually be set free.
Why Oscar Pistorius May Be Free At the End of the Trial
The South African judicial system used to be like the American one, where defendants had a judge and jury hear their cases, but that was done away with a long time ago. Pistorius’ fate is in the hands of a single judge, a woman named Thokozile Masipa. It is Masipa’s job to listen to all the witnesses, and then of course, render her decision as to whether or not Pistorius is guilty of murder. Another reason why Pistorius may get off is the fact that South Africa is an extremely violent country, where everyone has a gun for self-protection. Though Pistorius’ claim of killing Steenkamp because he thought she was a burglar seems ridiculous, the fact is that South Africa is a dangerous place to live where burglaries happen every day.
The South African appeal system is not the same as it is in the United States, and one higher court has the power to overturn a lower court ruling. Even if Masipa does find Oscar Pistorius guilty of murder, the next court up could easily set him free. The family of Reeva Steenkamp deserves justice, but they might not get it if Judge Masipa convicts Pistorius, but another court reverses her decision.
What truly happened the night of Valentine’s Day 2013 may be a mystery that never gets solved because only two people know for sure what happened, and one of them is dead, and the other has a story too far-fetched to believe.