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"Blade Runner" sobs in open court after murder charge

Posted by on Feb. 15, 2013 at 9:57 AM
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 Boo effing hoo.

 

Blade Runner Pistorius sobs in court after murder charge

By David Dolan | Reuters - 21 mins ago
  • South African 'Blade Runner' Oscar Pistorius (C) is escorted by police during his court appearance in Pretoria February 15, 2013. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
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    Reuters/Reuters - South African 'Blade Runner' Oscar Pistorius (C) is escorted by police during his court appearance in Pretoria February 15, 2013. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

     

PRETORIA (Reuters) - South African 'Blade Runner' Oscar Pistorius, the double amputee who became one of the biggest names in world athletics, broke down in tears on Friday after he was charged in court with shooting dead his girlfriend in his Pretoria home.

 

The 26-year-old Olympic and Paralympic superstar stood with head bowed in front of magistrate Desmond Nair to hear the charge that he had murdered model and law graduate Reeva Steenkamp.

 

Pistorius then started sobbing, covering his face with his hands. "Take it easy," Nair told him. "Come take a seat."

 

The case has stunned a nation that revered 'the fastest man on no legs' as a hero who managed to compete at the highest levels of sport despite being born without a fibula in either leg.

 

Prosecutors told the Pretoria court the shooting of 30-year-old Steenkamp in the early hours of Thursday was pre-meditated.

 

Pistorius faces life in prison if found guilty.

 

He did not enter a plea but a statement issued by his family and London-based agent said the charge was disputed "in the strongest possible terms".

 

"He (Pistorius) has made it very clear that he would like to send his deepest sympathies to the family of Reeva," the statement said, in the first message attributed to him since his arrest.

 

Steenkamp was found shot dead in Pistorius's plush home in the middle of a heavily guarded gated complex in the northern outskirts of the capital, police said.

 

The Afrikaans-language Beeld newspaper said she was hit four times, in the head, chest, pelvis and hand.

 

"The security guards found Pistorius by Steenkamp's body in the bathroom," the paper said on its website, citing a neighbor. "The door had bullet holes right through it."

 

Defense lawyer Kenny Oldwage said his client had an "extremely traumatized state of mind". He did not request bail before proceedings were adjourned until February 19.

 

GOLDEN BOY LOSES SHINE

 

Early reports of the shooting suggested Pistorius may have mistaken Steenkamp for an intruder, but police said neighbors had heard noises before the shots and there had been previous "domestic" incidents at the house.

 

Pistorius said nothing during the 40-minute hearing.

 

His father, Henke, and brother, Carl, sat directly behind him in the packed court-room, occasionally leaning forward to give him a pat on the shoulder.

 

His mother died in 2002 when he was 15 years old - a tragedy that he said spurred him on in his quest to compete as an able-bodied athlete.

 

Along with Lance Armstrong's recovery from testicular cancer to win the Tour de France - an achievement now brought low by his admission of doping - Pistorius' tale of triumph over adversity was one of the most powerful in the history of sport.

 

South African newspapers plastered Steenkamp's killing across their front pages, reflecting shock and dismay at the fall of a man who commanded rare respect on all sides of the racial divides that persist in Nelson Mandela's "Rainbow Nation" 19 years after the end of apartheid.

 

"Golden Boy Loses Shine" ran a front page headline in the Sowetan, beside a picture of Pistorius, head bowed in a grey hooded tracksuit being led away from a police station.

 

Callers to morning radio shows expressed grief at the death of Steenkamp, who had been due to give a talk at a Johannesburg school this week about violence against women.

 

There was also widespread disbelief at the fate of a sportsman regarded as a genuinely "good guy".

 

"How is it possible for one so high to fall so low so quickly?" Talk Radio 702 host John Robbie said.

 

ADVERTS PULLED

 

South Africa's M-Net cable TV channel immediately pulled adverts featuring Pistorius off air but most of his sponsors, including sports apparel group Nike, said they would not make any decisions until the police investigation was completed.

 

Pistorius' endorsements and sponsorships, which also include British telecoms firm BT, sunglasses maker Oakley and French designer Thierry Mugler, are thought to be worth as much as $2 million a year.

 

He reached the pinnacle of his fame in London 2012 when he became the first double amputee to run in the Olympics, reaching the 400-metres semi-finals.

 

In last year's Paralympics he suffered his first loss over 200 meters in nine years. After the race he questioned the legitimacy of Brazilian winner Alan Oliveira's prosthetic blades, but was quick to express regret for the comments.

 

Near the home, people who knew Pistorius paid tribute to a much-loved local hero.

 

"Some of us were in tears," said Precious, who works at a petrol station where Pistorius used to fill up his McLaren supercar, signing autographs and picking up the tab for people in the convenience store.

 

"He was just so kind to everyone," said Precious, who declined to give her family name.

 

(Writing by Ed Cropley; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

 

 

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rocketracer
by Gold Member on Feb. 15, 2013 at 10:38 AM

Why are the prosecutors saying the shooting was premeditated?

Kate_Momof3
by Platinum Member on Feb. 15, 2013 at 10:45 AM

 

The Afrikaans-language Beeld newspaper said she was hit four times, in the head, chest, pelvis and hand.

"The security guards found Pistorius by Steenkamp's body in the bathroom," the paper said on its website, citing a neighbor. "The door had bullet holes right through it."

Quoting rocketracer:

Why are the prosecutors saying the shooting was premeditated?

 

JakeandEmmasMom
by Gold Member on Feb. 15, 2013 at 10:47 AM

 I'm still just in shock about this.

Kate_Momof3
by Platinum Member on Feb. 15, 2013 at 10:49 AM

 Really? After Lance, I'm just jaded I guess.

Quoting JakeandEmmasMom:

 I'm still just in shock about this.

 

JakeandEmmasMom
by Gold Member on Feb. 15, 2013 at 10:54 AM
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 Doping is one thing...but, murder?

I guess I'm naive.  Wouldn't be the first time I was accused of that.  LOL!

Quoting Kate_Momof3:

 Really? After Lance, I'm just jaded I guess.

Quoting JakeandEmmasMom:

 I'm still just in shock about this.

 

 

rocketracer
by Gold Member on Feb. 15, 2013 at 10:56 AM

Did OP call out to who he thought was an intruder?  if so, what if the "intruder" didn't respond?  Maybe he wasn't wearing his prothetics and his gun was his 1st line of defense so he shot through the door?  Maybe he was on sleep meds and deeply disorientated?  I suppose all will come out in the trial.

Quoting Kate_Momof3:

 

The Afrikaans-language Beeld newspaper said she was hit four times, in the head, chest, pelvis and hand.

 

"The security guards found Pistorius by Steenkamp's body in the bathroom," the paper said on its website, citing a neighbor. "The door had bullet holes right through it."

Quoting rocketracer:

Why are the prosecutors saying the shooting was premeditated?

 


 

SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Feb. 15, 2013 at 12:40 PM
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If only he had sobbed BEFORE he murdered his girlfriend, not done it, and gotten help for his homicidal tendencies. Then his girlfriend could have given her speech about violence against women, come to her senses, and gotten the hell out of that house.

Kate_Momof3
by Platinum Member on Feb. 15, 2013 at 3:56 PM

 a-MEN. I'm appalled that the media is making this all about him. She was accomplished in her own right.

It's just  tragic.

What do you think about the charges and the evidence that lead the prosecutor to press them?

Quoting SallyMJ:

If only he had sobbed BEFORE he murdered his girlfriend, not done it, and gotten help for his homicidal tendencies. Then his girlfriend could have given her speech about violence against women, come to her senses, and gotten the hell out of that house.

 

IhaveHisjoy
by Member on Feb. 15, 2013 at 4:02 PM

 I wonder if he was on steroids? I know they drug test..but? Sad.

Kate_Momof3
by Platinum Member on Feb. 15, 2013 at 4:06 PM

 She was shot four times through a closed door (I read somewhere that it was locked). Given where she was shot, it sounds like she was in the bathroom and leaning against the door when he just opened fire.

Quoting JakeandEmmasMom:

 Doping is one thing...but, murder?

I guess I'm naive.  Wouldn't be the first time I was accused of that.  LOL!

Quoting Kate_Momof3:

 Really? After Lance, I'm just jaded I guess.

Quoting JakeandEmmasMom:

 I'm still just in shock about this.

 

 

 

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