pistoius murder

The Oscar Pistorius trial and media coverage thereof has taken a distinctly dark turn, as Pistorius broke down in tears describing the moment at which he fatally shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day of last year. Since the trial reached fever pitch, various media outlets have taken it in turns to rehash said moment with varying degrees of vividly grizzly detail. To follow the trend, here are some quotes from yesterday’s installment of the trial:

“I wasn’t sure where to point the firearm,” he said. “My eyes were going between the windows and the toilet. I stood for some time. I just stayed where I was and kept on screaming. Then I heard a noise from inside the toilet that I perceived to be somebody coming out of the toilet. Before I knew it, I had fired four shots at the door.”

Pistorius explained that he had been convinced that an intruder had entered his home and taken refuge behind a locked toilet door, at which he opened fire, implying that the gun shots were impulsive and panicked. He later relayed his experience of discovering that Steenkamp wasn’t in bed, as he had thought, after which he broke down the door to find that she was not breathing.

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“That’s the moment that everything changed,” he said. “I thought that there was a burglar that was gaining entry to my home,” adding, “Just before I got to the bathroom, I heard a door slam. It could only have been the toilet door. It confirmed that there was a person or people inside the bathroom at that time.”

“I was overcome by fear. I screamed at the person to get out. I screamed at Reeva. I was constantly aware this person could come at me at any time. I did not have my legs on. Just before I got to the bathroom, I stopped shouting.”

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Pistorius spent a total of two hours reading Whatsapp correspondence between himself and Steenkamp and intermittently crying, opening his stint on the stand with an apology to Steenkamp’s family:

“I will start my evidence by tendering an apology. I would like to apologise to Mr and Mrs Steenkamp, her family and friends. I can’t imagine the pain and the sorrow and the emptiness I have caused you and your family. You’re the first people I think of when I wake up. You’re the first people I pray for. I was trying to protect Reeva. When she went to bed that night, she felt loved.”

So far, so depressing. Can I recommend a 10 minute dose of kitten videos for anyone who’s reading this?

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