The murder trial of Oscar Pistorius is still in a state of limbo. But the last phases are underway and a verdict may be in the cards pretty soon.
Oscar Pistorius, the athlete, who was accused of murdering his girlfriend, is to stand in court for the last stage in his long drawn out trial.
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His girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, was killed in cold blood in his residence in Pretoria, South Africa, in 2013. The occasion (believe it or not!) was Valentine’s Day.
Pistorius is not a first-time offender since he has a history of employing lethal weapons in public as well as being in possession of illegal ammo.
Of course, when you listen to Pistorius’ own account of how the murder occurred, you feel sympathy for him. He says that he had fired a bullet at Reeva due to mistaken identity.
He thought she was a burglar who had entered his house and thus shot her unknowingly.
"No words can adequately capture my feelings about the devastating accident that has caused such heartache for everyone who truly loved - and continues to love Reeva," states Oscar on his website.
"The pain and sadness – especially for Reeva’s parents, family and friends consumes me with sorrow. The loss of Reeva and the complete trauma of that day, I will carry with me for the rest of my life."
The previous incidents involve Pistorius firing away at a restaurant and at a traffic signal from inside a car. Furthermore, there are witnesses who claim that he is guilty of these acts of violence prior to the murder.
And as for Pistorius, he says that he never pulled the trigger. Who are we to believe?
For the two previous assault charges, Pistorius may get five years in prison. So that alone makes a decade in the cooler. As for the big one, the murder of his girlfriend, that case has yet to reach denouement.
Both the defense and the prosecution are armed with multiple arguments for and against the defendant respectively. The Judge is named Thokozile Masipa and she will decide a set date for the verdict as well as a further few weeks for the final decision to be reached.
According to the Independent, "After five months in court, Judge Masipa has made it clear she wants to speed up the trial, which was supposed to last three weeks when proceedings began in March, and close the case as soon as possible. Once the verdict is announced, an appeal may be launched."
It’s been nearly half a year since the trial has been dragging on like this. Now she wants to wrap it up quickly. The defendant insists that there was no ill will between him and Reeva, his girlfriend, on the night of the murder.
As for the prosecution, its stance is that Oscar Pistorius had been involved in a heated argument with Reeva and thus killed her in a fit of rage.