Oscar Pistorius, a celebrated paralympian face for running on blades, he has been the inspiration for millions around the globe but a dreaded incident led him into the hands of Law. And the dirt of this incident has completely engulfed him.
Oscar Pistorius’s lawyers were in court today to make a last-ditch attempt to stop an appeal that could see the fallen Paralympian hero face a stiffer verdict and significantly more time behind bars for the Valentine’s Day’s killing of his model girlfriend.The Pistorius’s defence argued in the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg that the state’s appeal of a judge’s decision finding the champion sprinter, not guilty of murder was unsubstantiated. The 28-year-old Paralympian was found guilty of culpable homicide last year — a charge akin to manslaughter — and sentenced to five years in prison for shooting his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day 2013.
State prosecutors were in December granted permission to appeal the trial verdict, arguing that Judge Thokozile Masipa misinterpreted the law when she ruled Pistorius did not intentionally kill his girlfriend when he shot four times at a locked toilet door.
But Pistorius’s legal team says his conviction was based on the facts presented during the trial, not on an interpretation of law, and therefore cannot be appealed. It’s a move legal experts described as unorthodox.
“The whole thing is highly unusual,” said Kelly Phelps, a senior law lecturer at the University of Cape Town. “This is uncharted territory.”Despite the unusual tactic, Phelps said that the defence may have a strong argument in favour of getting the Pistorius appeal tossed out, paving the way for the athlete to be released from jail this year.
“I think they have a fifty-fifty chance of winning this,” she said. “The defence’s papers were very well drafted, very well reasoned, and backed up with authority. In that sense, I think they probably feel that they do have quite strong grounds for this.
Being a Paralympic and a winner, he gained a lot of respect, but rage can destroy the whole person in the matter of seconds and this is what happened with Oscar. But the question still lingers and the mystery too, that the bullet fired from the pistol was intentional or the a horrific accident. Whatever it was, it ended into a horrendous mistake by an Olympian. And maybe this will be the last run for him in the trial of the case.