Oscar Trial 21.10.2014 01:15 pm

Oscar’s uncle points finger at state ‘shadow’

Arnold and Lois Pistorius react to the sentencing of paralympian Oscar Pistorius at the high court in Pretoria, Tuesday, 21 October 2014. Picture: Herman Verwey/Media24/Pool

Arnold and Lois Pistorius react to the sentencing of paralympian Oscar Pistorius at the high court in Pretoria, Tuesday, 21 October 2014. Picture: Herman Verwey/Media24/Pool

The State had tried to “force a puzzle” of premeditated murder in the case of Paralympian Oscar Pistorius, who was sentenced to five years imprisonment on Tuesday, for shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

This is according to his uncle Arnold who addressed media just after Pistorius been taken away in a police Nyala.

“This has been an incredibly hard, painful process for everyone involved – the Steenkamp family, our family and Oscar,” he told a media scrum at an restaurant adjacent to the court.

“It has been a harrowing 20 months. We are all emotionally drained and exhausted.”

The case that was set down for three weeks originally, has been dragged out for seven months, he said.

“In fact for 20 months since the bail application. We said from the beginning that the state tried to force a puzzle in the position of premeditated murder.


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Paralympian Oscar Pistorius is embraced by his father Henke Pistorius before his sentencing at the high court in Pretoria, Tuesday, 21 October 2014. Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide for the Valentine's Day 2013 shooting of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The court found him not guilty of murdering her. Picture: Themba Hadebe/AP/Pool

Paralympian Oscar Pistorius is embraced by his father Henke Pistorius before his sentencing at the high court in Pretoria, Tuesday, 21 October 2014. Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide for the Valentine’s Day 2013 shooting of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The court found him not guilty of murdering her. Picture: Themba Hadebe/AP/Pool


“When they realised the fact that it didn’t fit, they changed their stance to a mosaic where everything can opportunistically fit anywhere.”

Arnold Pistorius said “in the process” the State “decided to inflict” as much collateral damage as they could by “keeping a cloud of premeditated murder over this case for as long as possible”.

“One of the most distressed parts for me of this whole trial was how the truth became totally irrelevant for the state’s attempt to make premeditated murder stick,” he said.

“The court has now handed down judgement and sentence. And we accept the judgment.”

Pistorius (27) shot four times through the toilet door in his Pretoria home. Three of the black talon bullets ripped through 30-year -old Steenkamp’s body.

Judge Thokozile Masipa found him guilty in September of culpable homicide. She has related to the court that he negligently pulled the trigger

Arnold Pistorius appealed to for privacy during this time.

“Oscar will embrace this opportunity to pay back to society. I appeal to all of you as the media, to accept the ruling of the court.

“After 20 months of relentless public trial, I would ask you ladies and gentlemen of the media to let us move forward in this process and give us some degree of dignity, privacy as we do so.

“As an uncle, I hope Oscar will start his own healing process as he walks down the path of restoration. As a family we are ready to support and guide Oscar as he serves his sentence,” he concluded.

 

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