Oscar Pistorious; a bitter name to remember

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Kelvin Esiasa

Kelvin Esiasa

By Kelvin Esiasa

Oscar Pistorious will go in South African books as a bitter name to remember.

After Oscar Pistorius was cleared of murder, friends of Reeva Steenkamp broke down in tears as Judge Thokozile Masipa confirmed that Oscar Pistorius was guilty of culpable homicide but not of murder.

South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius arrives for the verdict in his murder trial at the high court in Pretoria September 11, 2014.

South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius arrives for the verdict in his murder trial at the high court in Pretoria September 11, 2014.

The parents of Reeva Steenkamp believed the conviction of culpable homicide that Oscar Pistorius received for shooting their daughter was not the right one.

Barry Steenkamp’s brother Mike told the Guardian that the family had to constantly relive the night of Reeva’s death. He said that the experience was a daily occurrence. He added that it was not something that one could sweep under the carpet and its goes.

The BBC reports that two courts in South Africa were now debating Judge Thokozile Masipa’s verdict so far in the Oscar Pistorius trial – the court of public opinion and that of legal experts. Legal experts say she followed the law impeccably, by looking at the evidence before her and then evaluating whether the state had proven its case. But others have been unsettled by her ruling that Mr Pistorius was not guilty of murder, though she has yet to reveal her verdict on the lesser charge of culpable homicide.

Mark Gevisse wrote for financial Times that Oscar’s trail had pitted two images of South Africa against each other. He analyzed that on one side there was Pistorius, who had repeatedly proved he to be contemptuous of the law. While on the other side Geviesse wrote that there was a woman, Judge Masipa. He reported that in South Africa, many people were angry with her judgment and feel Pistorius should have been found guilty of murder. Other commentators had also described the trial as a Hollywood movie. They viewed that Oscar Pistorius court case had all the elements of a Hollywood drama, a superstar sporting hero, a beautiful victim, a glamorous lifestyle and, on Valentine’s Day – a dramatic killing.

Oscar Pistorious joins other high profile sportsmen convicted of murder. He joins the likes of Bruno Souza — Brazilian soccer player Brazilian. Bruno Souza, star goalkeeper of the celebrated Flamengo soccer club, was accused of arranging the killing of former lover, Eliza Samudio, a Brazilian model and mother to his child. According to the police, she was beaten and murdered by a former police officer, before parts of her were fed to dogs.

Oscar also joins convicted Hiroshi Ogawa. Hiroshi Ogawa a retired pitcher for the Chiba Lotte Marines of Nippon Professional Baseball was convicted of murder in the first degree. According to the prosecution, Ogawa, 43, was heavily in debt and demanded money from the housekeeper of the chairman of an industrial waste plant. When she refused, he burglarized the house, stealing 1.75 million yen ($20,000), and drowned the housekeeper, 67-year-old Kazuko Nishiuchi, in a nearby lake. On Sept. 29, 2005, he was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

From 1997 to 1999, Rae Carruth was an NFL wide receiver for the Carolina Panthers. In 1999, his girlfriend Cherica Adams, eight months pregnant with his child at the time, is the victim of a drive-by shooting. She places a 911 call claiming that Carruth had driven in front of her and stopped his car while another vehicle stopped alongside her and the passenger shot her. Adams died a month later, though their child survives. He was convicted and sentenced to 18 to 24 years in prison.

Orenthal James “O.J.” Simpson case is not different from Oscar’s case. Orenthal James “O.J.” Simpson played football for the University of Southern California, where he won the Heisman Trophy in 1968. After his ex-wife, Nicole Brown, and her friend, Ron Goldman, were found murdered in 1994, O.J. Simpson stood trial for both homicides. Simpson assembled a “dream team” of lawyers, and was acquitted of criminal charges on Oct. 3, 1995, though he was convicted in civil court. In 2008, Simpson was convicted on a 2007 charge of kidnapping and armed robbery, and sentenced to 15 years in prison.

In deed Oscar’s name is a bitter name to mention. Many people are still puzzled with nature of events that happened with Reeva Steenkamp. It is only Oscar who knows the truth but from the analysis of his talk in the court it was clear that Oscar killed the girlfriend out of anger. Judge Masipa also erred in her judgment. Her judgment shows that celebrities will always dodge justice and making the poor wallow in injustices.

As June Steenkamp said many people wanted to know what had happened. Reeva died a horrible death,a horrible, painful, terrible death and she suffered. It’s difficult to believe that he shot through the door and the judge believed that it was an accident. Surely this case is a fallacy of justice


7 Responses to Oscar Pistorious; a bitter name to remember

  1. The South African judge for sure favoured Oscar in her judgement. This clearly shows why south africa has highest killing rates in africa, as long as one has money the porous justice will find weak law to justify that the accused did it accidentally, just like Oscar’s case. It still boggles my mind to hear the vedict that Oscar did that accidentally, knowing how lethal the bullet is a normal judge can’t say that. It’s shameful to mother africa to hear someone being protected just because he is lame for murder which even a person who has never being in law school can tell the expected justice. To hell with Oscar, let him not find peace in his life for taking a life of someone who despite him being disabled she showed her love to him. A Law student and model killed by the frustrated animal and the old lady shamelessly passed judgement in the eyes of the continent that it was done accidentally.
    That animal deserves to be put behind bars, hope the south african paralympic and sponsors will not waste their money on him, let the idiot “Oscar” suffer till the time he will pass on.

    concerned zedian MKJ
    September 14, 2014 at 12:01 pm


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    Mr Nice Guy
    September 14, 2014 at 5:06 pm

  4. Sometimes I think Law practice is an arena where the Lawyers or rather most judges intellect selectively functions in weird biased manner. Its a crazy world. Indeed true justice only comes from above[GOD}.

    September 15, 2014 at 3:43 pm

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