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Monday, February 18, 2013

Oscar Pistorius arrested

The famous sporting icon of South Africa, Oscar Pistorius, has been arrested for the murder of his partner, the beautiful model, Reeva Steenkamp. 

It was a brutal death, he is reported to have bashed her with a cricket bat, crushing her skull, before shooting her four times.  Police suspect the first shot, in the bedroom, hit her in the hip and  she ran and hid in the toilet... and then he fired three more shots.  

Yet her father has no hatred in his heart towards the man who killed his beloved daughter, and seems to have sympathy for Pistorius, saying he must be going through a difficult time.  "We ask the Lord every day to help us find a reason why this should happen to Reeva."

Henke Pistorius speaks to his son in court

But Oscar Pistorius' family has a completely different view of what happened.  His father, Henke Pistorius said he had "zero doubt" his son has mistaken Steenkamp for an intruder, and it was a tragic accident.

His parents divorced when he was 6 and he has had a strained relationship with his father ever since.  His mother died when he was 15.

After the farce of the OJ Simpson case, we know that fame and fortune can buy you freedom and Pistorius is also a sporting hero with plenty of money.  He has some very good lawyers lined up to help his case, including Kenny Oldwage.  Mr Oldwage defended a driver who killed Nelson Mandela's great grand-child Zenani, and the defendant was acquitted.  He also has medical specialists and public relations experts on his defence team.

Famous celebrities have a history of buying their way out of trouble and it will be interesting to see South African law in action and how they handle this high profile, tragic case.

Edit June 2, 2013:  Photo of Oscar Pistorius' bathroom, released today.