Hero to Murderer: Oscar Pistorius

The story of Paralympic, award-winning athlete Oscar Pistorius is the classic tale of a star’s rise and fall from fame. A year after running and winning a gold medal in the 2012 Olympic Summer Games, Pistorius fatally shot and killed his then girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. According to C

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Reeva Steenkamp and Oscar Pistorius

NN, he claims he assumed she was a burglar, which is why he fired a firearm multiple times through the bathroom door at her. But there was no forced entry to the house, no indicators that an intruder had even entered the mansion.

 

Pistorius’ trial was the center of media attention. One of the largest debates was over his disability. After having his legs removed at 11 months old due to being born without any fibula bones, the athlete taught himself how to excel at sports. Does Pistorius deserve a lighter sentence because he’s the pride and joy of South Africa and has overcome so much to reach his glory? Absolutely not. However, the jury thought differently. Pistorius was found guilty of culpable homicide and sentenced to five years in jail, with chance of parole after ten months.

Murder is murder. Whether intentional or accidental, there is no excuse for aiming a gun at someone unarmed and who posed no threat. I think Pistorius should be treated like any other criminal. You don’t need legs to load, aim and shoot a gun. His account of the incident is, in my opinion, flawed. It lacks common sense.

One, why would an intruder be in the master bathroom? Media speculates that Steenkamp somehow ignited Pistorius’ rage and she locked herself in the bathroom, though those details are uncertain. According to Vanity Fair, the victim was cowering in the bathroom cubicle with her arms crossed, signaling she knew something was wrong, and she had absolutely no chance of not getting wounded. On top of that, Detective Hilton Botha investigated if there was any way of someone sneaking through the open bathroom window. the search came up empty- it was impossible for an intruder to enter. It seemed like a closed case from the start.

It would be wrong to come to the conclusion that his easy sentence for murder came because of his disability. I wasn’t at the court ruling, after all. But his money, power, and status played a big part, as they do in nearly every case that deals with a corrupt celebrity. Pistorous should have been condemned by the public as a murderer, not looked at through a lens of sympathy because of his disability.

Steenkamp deserves justice, and she shouldn’t have that taken away because she was murdered by a disgraced national hero.