Oscar Pistorius

The Person Behind the Door

The verdicts in the case of Oscar Pistorius, and the reasoning behind them, seem to me curious. Either Pistorius was guilty of murdering his girlfriend or he was guilty of nothing.

I don’t know whether there is anyone who needs to be told who Pistorius is. His surname makes him sound like a terribly boring Dutch legal theorist of the 17th century, but in fact he is a South African athlete with no legs who, in front of huge crowds, runs very fast on sophisticated blades attached to his stumps. In 2013 he shot his glamorous-model girlfriend dead through the door of a toilet. She had been staying the night with him and he claimed afterward to have mistaken her for an intruder.

  • Hard Little Machine

    The RSA has a pretty clunky legal system – like Italy – where the prosecution can keep coming back to recharge or add charges if they don’t like the outcome.

    • mobuyus

      If it keeps this flipper footed fool from fornicating freely fine.

      • Hard Little Machine

        It’s a good way to drive people insane or broke that’s for sure.

  • Barrington Minge

    This little bastard needs to be put away for twenty years and forgotten.