Oscar Trial 21.10.2014 12:33 am

World awaits Oscar’s fate

FILE PICTURE: Oscar Pistorius. Picture: EPA

FILE PICTURE: Oscar Pistorius. Picture: EPA

Today is the 615th day since Reeva Steenkamp was shot dead on Valentine’s day, 2013. Today, the man who pulled the trigger four times to end her life will know his fate.

Oscar Pistorius has lost his fortune, his sponsors and once adoring fans. Today, he may lose his freedom as Judge Thokozile Masipa hands down her sentence in the North Gauteng High Court.

Last month the paralympian was convicted of culpable homicide, dodging a murder wrap.

The state has asked for 10 years in jail, painting a picture of spoilt star athlete, prone to emotional outburts; a ‘cowboy’ who shot an unarmed woman through a closed bathroom door.


Sentencing proceedings start at 9:30 (GMT+2). Click here to follow the live Twitter report

FILE PICTURE: Culpable homicide-convicted Oscar Pistorius, flanked by several police officers, arrive at the High Court in Pretoria on Monday morning for sentencing procedures. Picture: Devereaux/SAPA

FILE PICTURE: Culpable homicide-convicted Oscar Pistorius arrives at the High Court in Pretoria. Picture: Devereaux/SAPA


The Defence in turn convinced the court that it was an accident; that a terrified disabled man feared for his life and that of his girlfriend when he thought intruders had entered his home in a secure, guarded estate in Pretoria.

Since that fateful night, the world’s media has focussed on the improbable story with millions across the globe glued to their television screens as the drama played out in court day after day.

The drama has in deed fascinated the world: the search term “Oscar Pistorius” generates over 41 million results on Google; Agence France Presse has over 3000 photos in its archive relating to the saga.

Journalists, editors, photographers and language practitioners at The Citizen have spent tens of thousands of man-hours brining you the story as it unfolded day after day.

During this time Defence Advocate Barry Roux became an Internet sensation with his now trademark “I put it to you”.

Not to be left behind State Prosecutor Gerrie Nel got his own rap parody.

Judge Masipa also entered the South African lexicon with “M’Lady” becoming a common phrase in everyday speech.

Despite the memes and jokes however, there was a man in the dock fighting for his freedom and a family looking for justice for their slain daughter.

Pistorius broke down in court on many an occasion, most notably while evidence of Reeva Steemkamp’s injuries where presented in graphic detail in court.

The Steenkamp family have also been subject to intense media scrutiny and Reeva’s father, Barry, suffered a stroke during the course of the trial.

They have appeared on several international television documentaries and interviews. This coincided with numerous “leaked” videos such as Pistorius firing ‘zombie stopper” bullets and the re-enactment of the events of 14 February 2013.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VWDIlSMTMc

Throughout the trial, Pistoius’ family has surrounded him throughout the trial, particularly sister Aimee and brother Carl.

Carl Pistorius added to the media frenzy over the course of the trial – he was acquitted of a culpable homicide charge in May last year following an accident in 2008 in which a motorcyclist was killed.

In August this year, he was involved in a serious head on collision, which saw him being admitted to an ICU unit.

On the eve of the sentencing Aimee and Carl gave a string of interviews – the first time they had spoken in public about the trial.

“It has been a taxing 20 months … and no doubt tomorrow (Tuesday) will also be difficult,” Pistorius told eNCA, according to an AFP report.


READ MORE: Pistorius siblings speak out on Oscar sentencing

FILE PICTURE: Paralympian and murder accused Oscar Pistorius is seen with his sister Aimee while appearing at the high court in Pretoria on Wednesday, 19 March 2014 for killing his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Picture: Leon Sadiki/Pool

FILE PICTURE: Paralympian and murder accused Oscar Pistorius is seen with his sister Aimee while appearing at the high court in Pretoria on Wednesday, 19 March 2014 for killing his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Picture: Leon Sadiki/Pool


 

 

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