For those of you who have grown bored or have lost interest in the Oscar Pistorius trial, let me put it to you……. Where have you been in the last three weeks where this Trial has not come up in conversation?
I don’t think any Hollywood writer could script this very tragic story. We have a man who, in the face of serious adversity, rose to fame. Oscar overcame his severe disabilities and the early loss of his mother to become the golden boy of South African Sports.
We have a beautiful, young lady with a wide smile and an innocence about her who happened to fall for South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius. We then have a tragic Valentine’s Day, a loss of a life and the loss of a hero to many around the World.
This Trial has captured the country and the World and I do not think there is one person who can genuinely say that they have no interest in Oscar’s testimony. The Trial started off with Mr. Barry Roux (Oscar’s Attorney) becoming famous for his pit bull style attack of the State’s witnesses. Roux was trending daily on Twitter and Meme’s were dedicated to him on the internet.
Many jumped to the conclusion that Roux would get Oscar off the various, damning charges against him, that perhaps he really did take the life of Reeva by accident, and more so with Oscar’s, well Oscar winning performances in Court. The sobbing, the retching, the vomiting, he definitely gained sympathy from the world.
But on Monday we entered the defense case. Roux spent many hours painting a picture of a saint. A man who rescues puppies, assists people in distress, loves everyone and is an all round amazing man. Again, the sympathy votes kept climbing in Oscar’s favour, many of my own friends changing their opinions.
Enter Mr. Gerrie Nel, the State’s very own Chuck Norris, who with the opening lines of his cross-examination of Oscar made the world sit up in shock and realize that Roux is nothing but one of Oscar’s rescue puppy dogs. Nel went straight for the kill (excuse the choice of words) by comparing Oscar shooting at a watermelon at a testing ground to Oscar’s shooting of Reeva’s head. Insensitive perhaps but with a gasp from the Court when the picture of Reeva’s head appeared on the screen I think suddenly everyone realized that Nel means business.
I have heard people comment that they feel sorry for Oscar; that he is a broken man and he is devastated by what he has done. I don’t doubt that, but I do doubt the nobility of his devastation. I first lost respect for Oscar aka the Blade Runner at the Para-Olympics in London when he lost a race and accused fellow athlete, Alan Oliveira of having superior blades. He threw a tantrum which embarrassed me, and many others, as a South African. That was the first glimpse of the spoilt brat side to Oscar that is now becoming a pertinent part of the State’s case.
By the end of day 2 of Nel’s cross-examination we had a completely different picture of Oscar than that of his own Attorney, Roux. A manipulative, selfish, bad tempered, arrogant man who believes that the world owes him. A man who, as we have seen from the messages exchanged between him and Reeva, portrays such jealousy and control. It is all about Oscar, as Nel himself has said in Court.
I am not here to play Judge and Jury and many of my comments on social media have been either directly quoted from the Trial or I have expressed that it is my personal opinion. I work in Law, my boss is an ex Senior Public Prosecutor, and so much of what I say is not based on emotion but on legal fact and the fact is what Oscar is currently doing to himself on that stand is not boding well for the future of his case.
In saying that I do believe Oscar is guilty. I believe that Oscar and Reeva had a fight, he lost his temper and Reeva ran into the bathroom in a state of fear for her life. A part of me believes that the famous cricket bat was used BEFORE the gun in his attempt to scare her out of the locked bathroom, but that is just me thinking of all the possibilities. Because the bottom line is, in all the speculation and even in whatever comes out at the Trial, there are only two people who will ever know the truth and one of those people are no longer here to tell their side.
And this is what you all need to remember as the Trial enters day 22 on Monday, Nel is Reeva’s voice, Nel is speaking for a woman who lost her life at a very young age and in very very tragic circumstances. Nel is fighting for justice for a lady whose family and friends have been left behind with no answers, so when Oscar starts crying on the stand, remember that if you were facing a jail sentence and you were faced with the cold, stark reality of your actions finally catching up with you, you would be crying too.
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