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    Default Oscar Pistorius "Trial Of The Century" Starts Today

    The trial starts on Monday and will probably be a huge story so I'll start a new thread.

    There will be no jury, just one judge who is a black female who is a vocal advocate for victims of domestic violence. He could be in trouble here. But he has some very powerful allies so this could be another OJ situation. Wouldn't surprise me. I'm going to predict he'll get manslaughter with a suspended sentence as he's "suffered" enough. He doesn't deny he shot her and I don't think they will be able to prove beyond reasonable doubt that it was premeditated. He has a bad temper and is generally an asshole but that doesn't make you a cold blooded murderer.

    And even if he is acquitted his career and reputation are now irreparable so it's all over.

    (AEDT), Oscar Pistorius faces trial for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Africa correspondent Martin Cuddihy explores the intrigue behind the high-profile case.

    The modern legal system includes a set of guiding principles to ensure everyone is given a fair trial.

    One of these is the notion that someone is innocent until proven guilty. Herein lies some of the intrigue in the Oscar Pistorius trial.

    We already know he is guilty – to a degree. His trial starts Monday evening and what is not being disputed is the fact that the man known as the Blade Runner shot and killed his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp.

    It was in the middle of the night on Valentine's Day last year when Pistorius was woken by a noise.

    Living in one of the more dangerous cities in the world, it is not surprising he had a pistol at home.

    He heard noises in the bathroom and thought there was an intruder.

    He got out of bed and fired through the door a number of times. Ms Steenkamp was inside. She died at the hands of a man who was supposed to love her.

    Even before that night Pistorius was a household name.

    He was the first disabled athlete to compete at the Olympic Games. He was one of 'the' stories of the London 2012 Games.

    He was born in South Africa in 1986 with a condition that meant the fibula bones in his lower legs were missing. Both legs were amputated below the knee when he was 11 months old.

    His success as an athlete is still an inspiration to many.

    Pistorius holds a number of world records and paved the way for disabled athletes entering into able-bodied competition, even winning a medal at the World Track Championships in 2011.

    A huge number of people are intrigued and fascinated, and revel in the story of this fallen hero.

    This trial has generated so much interest in Africa that there is now a 24-hour channel dedicated solely to the Pistorius trial.

    As well as broadcasting parts of the case, it will show documentaries and interviews 24 hours a day for the next three weeks.

    A huge media contingent has applied for limited spaces inside the Pretoria courtroom.


    According to leaked documents, the prosecution is expected to rely on 13 facts to prove Pistorius did intend to kill Ms Steenkamp.

    This will include witnesses telling the court they heard arguing, fighting and even screaming before shots were fired.

    It will also rely on the fact the model had her phone in the bathroom with her and she had locked the door.

    By his own admission, Pistorius did not try to determine who was behind it before opening fire.

    He has hired a crack team of legal experts from Cleveland in the United States.

    These forensic specialists are experts at recreating crime scenes and will no doubt try to demonstrate the Paralympian was scared for his life when he fired his gun.

    The former athlete insists this was an accident. He is not disputing the fact he killed his girlfriend.

    So this trial will not focus on the "who", so much as the "why". The trial will try to establish what was going on in the mind of Pistorius when he pulled the trigger.

    Was he in a rage and intending to kill her, or did genuinely think there was an intruder in the locked bathroom?

    This trial will reach a verdict after a few weeks. That verdict will be based on the legal notion of "beyond reasonable doubt".

    Evidence will be presented that both condemns and exonerates Oscar Leonard Pistorius.

    The judge will decide his motivation and then his fate. A stranger will tell him what he was thinking.

    But the limitations of the law mean that only ever the accused can truly know what he meant to do.

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    Still would.
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    I watched a Dateline special about this on Friday. Don't know anything about their legal system, so I don't know how much of what I saw on tv will be admissible in court. Also hard to know whether his celebrity will work for or against him. With only a judge deciding, maybe not so much. Personally I have a hard time wrapping my head around someone shooting through a locked bathroom door without knowing who was inside. Why would an intruder corner themselves in a bathroom like that? If I woke up in the middle of the night and heard someone in the bathroom, my first thought wouldn't be intruder, it would be, my husband's in there. And I sure as hell would at least check the bed to make sure before I rushed out firing shots. I understand he will say he was under duress, but his story still makes no damn sense to me.
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    He said that he didn't put on his legs, but then I've read elsewhere that he did. He's guilty as hell and I don't believe for a second he didn't know it was Reeva in there. Also he looks like a rat, so no, I don't get what you ladies see in him.
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    Guilty as fucking sin. That's all I'm going to say about this as it already pisses me off, as I think he'll get away with it.
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    I hope he doesn't. Poor Reeva.
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    Theres no doubt he killed her, the crucial question is whether he intended to.

    He's pleaded Not Guilty. Let the show begin...
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    Dateline addresed the legs issue and apparently he did not have them on,according to them. We should be hearing the truth now. I am looking forward to all of it. One day I think no way,next hell yes.
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    I think this trial will throw up a lot of the ongoing racial issues in South Africa which are still there despite all the Kumbaya. Pistorius conforms to the entitled, arrogant, gun nut, prickly Boer stereotype and it won't do him any favours under the new regime which still has a lot of old scores to settle. And I am sure he will play the "terrified disabled guy" card too which he's already hinted at.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Karistiona View Post
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    He said that he didn't put on his legs, but then I've read elsewhere that he did. He's guilty as hell and I don't believe for a second he didn't know it was Reeva in there. Also he looks like a rat, so no, I don't get what you ladies see in him.
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    At least my Peyton hasn't shot and killed his wife!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Karistiona View Post
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    does it turn you on more if he has his legs on or off?
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    So, a neighbor heard her scream before the gun shots? Unless they can prove that someone other than Steencamp was screaming, Oscar is toast.
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    They are saying that because the other house was 177m away how could the woman have heard anything. Also, apparently they heard a scream AFTER the four shots had been fired, and someone said that the last shot was a headshot and Reeva would have died instantly, so no time to scream.
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