South Africa's Pistorius goes free on $113,000 bail

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jaham wrote:

With the evidence looking quite damning, I’d advise Oscar to strap on those blades and run!

Feb 22, 2013 9:50am EST  --  Report as abuse
BOOWAH wrote:

Why was she cowering? You don’t lock the bathroom door and cower unless you’re in fear of your life. Sound travels through an interior door. Don’t tell me she wasn’t screaming after the first shot was fired! He didn’t hear her? What happened to the bloody cricket bat? Did it disappear? I hear she was cremated! Well. there goes any evidence of a head injury!

Feb 22, 2013 9:52am EST  --  Report as abuse
JapanViewer wrote:

@Boowah, it was the Prosecution’s version that “she cowered”, not what actually happened.
@jaham, I tend to believe your “verdict”. It doesn’t look good the Blade Runner.
Regardless of how this looks, Oscar deserves a fair trial. Remember, Oscar is not the only one on trial here; The “New” South African Justice System is also on trial here, to see if they live up a true democratic system of laws, where one is innocent until proven guilty.

Feb 22, 2013 11:37am EST  --  Report as abuse
JapanViewer wrote:

@Boowah, it was the Prosecution’s version that “she cowered”, not what actually happened.
@jaham, I tend to believe your “verdict”. It doesn’t look good for the Blade Runner.
Regardless of how this looks, Oscar deserves a fair trial. Remember, Oscar is not the only one on trial here; The new South African Justice System is also on trial here, to see if they live up to a true democratic system of laws, where one is innocent until proven guilty.

Feb 22, 2013 11:39am EST  --  Report as abuse
Unchained wrote:

No wonder the previous prosecutor was fired.
Only a corrupt D.A. could make a ruling like this.

Feb 22, 2013 11:52am EST  --  Report as abuse
quatra wrote:

I can see where all this is going.

Feb 22, 2013 12:34pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Stop wrote:

This is a tragedy for everyone involved. I have the same reservations as the Magistrate as to the “improbabilities”. I don’t want to believe that Pistorius killed her deliberately. I do know this much … when people are very stressed and in fear for their lives, they react very differently than when under normal circumstances. Logical thinking and action go literally out the window and things happen in a split second. All of their lives are changed forever. Life altering and very sad.

Feb 22, 2013 12:36pm EST  --  Report as abuse
mbong wrote:

The sequence of events and circumstances look very suspiciously bad for “Nike bullet”. If you think the sequence through I find it hard to believe that one would not notice ones girlfriend missing from the bed while taking the time to grab a gun slowly walk with the gun on your knee stumps, unload 4 rounds of shots all the while screaming at your gf to call the police. These sequence of events from his account are all very suspicious. Also having lived in Pretoria I agree there is a heightened sense of fear but not once you are in the safety of your gated community. “Blades” area is one of the safest. I doubt that anybody would repeat what he did if they were accosted with an intruder that shut him/her self in a small bathroom.

Feb 22, 2013 12:58pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Bfstk wrote:

South African Justice is not all there.Bail indeed for a killer who with wanton indifference shot his girlfriend multiple times. he is a menace to SA society and the world with or without blades.

Feb 22, 2013 1:16pm EST  --  Report as abuse
jaham wrote:

@Japan, he absolutely deserves due process but I think the witnesses hearing arguing, shots, screaming and then minutes of pause, followed by more shots is going to be troublesome for the defense.

Feb 22, 2013 1:17pm EST  --  Report as abuse
patriciastarr wrote:

No, no!!!! He shoots and murders a young woman and is now several steps closer to getting away with it – just because he has wire legs? Shades of the OJ fiasco – come on South African justice system – don’t let this happen – it is a travesty and encourages more wannabee macho men to use violence when they have no class.

Feb 22, 2013 1:35pm EST  --  Report as abuse
PhilBickel wrote:

I find it interesting that his story fits the evidence, or was constructed to fit the evidence, though common sense, which is inadmissable, begs to conflict with his version. The two witnesses are damning, as is some of the physical evidence, for example, if her head is bashed in, or if a shell casing was found in the bedroom. However, the witnesses storys are not exactly the same in critical areas, as in how much time between shots, and the shouting in relation to the volleys. Eye or Ear Witness testimony is often very easy to poke holes in, because of inconsistency and the tendacy of witnesses to paint a picture of their memory, rather that to recall it exactly as it happened. If he was granted bail, and from the comments of the judge, my gut is they’ll reduce the charges, or risk him getting off altogether. At the very least he should be found guilty of shooting an intruder who was not a direct threat to his life, that is against the law in South Africa. That however is not what he is currently being charged with.

Feb 22, 2013 1:44pm EST  --  Report as abuse
PhilBickel wrote:

As for the cremation, I’ve got to assume, all the injuries are thoroughly documented, including any blunt force head injuries. Remember the news media likes to make stuff up, as do witnesses and police officers. The Trayvon Martin case, Obama’s Son, is a typical case of media imagination run wild, putting up pictures of him from five years earlier, Editing critical evidence out audio tapes etc. I’m guessing the international media isn’t so ploitically correct and may in fact protect a endeared celebrity. This story has so many facets, it is facinating, including the possibility it is racially motivated. She was seen in the TV pilot cavorting with black men while wearing a bikini. Pistorius is may very well be a white supremist, there is fottage of him at White’s only events with Reeva.

Feb 22, 2013 1:53pm EST  --  Report as abuse

He claims that he heard an intruder, yet he did not call the police.
Instead he loaded his gun, shot his girlfriend to death.

Feb 22, 2013 2:29pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Abulafiah wrote:

He shot her deliberately. He deliberately raised the gun. He deliberately pointed it at the bathroom door. He deliberately pulled the trigger.

The only question is whether he knew the identity of the individual he deliberately killed, and in my world “I didn’t know who I was shooting” is no defence. If you don’t know who you are pointing the gun at, you don’t point the gun.

Feb 23, 2013 1:04am EST  --  Report as abuse
Ratinaflat wrote:

He DID NOT look to see where she was before going ballistic. If only she could speak from the dead and tell us what REALLY happened! We will never get the truth from Pistorius, and he has enough money to bribe anyone who may be able to testify against him and his past volatile behaviour and his penchant for firearms and a fast life. I think there is a possibility that he went into a rage because of jealousy over her.. there is talk of a rugby player.. Just a thought.

Feb 23, 2013 6:45am EST  --  Report as abuse
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