Oscar Pistorius & Reeva Steenkamp – A Love Story that had a bloody ending!
A year to the day after he killed his girlfriend, South African Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius broke his silence on Friday, describing her death as a “devastating accident.”
The Olympic star, Oscar Pistorius, is charged with premeditated murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, a model and law school graduate.
But he maintains that he mistook her for a home invader when he shot her in the bathroom of his upscale home in Pretoria.
Here are the highlights of the incident:
South African model Reeva Steenkamp, 29, died in February 2013 after she was shot at the home of her boyfriend, Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius. Pistorius has been charged with murder. Before she started dating Pistorius, Steenkamp was famous in her own right. She was a law school graduate with a vibrant personality and a slew of modeling gigs under her belt.
Oscar Pistorius admitted to shooting Steenkamp, but he says it was an accident. Prosecutors argue he intentionally killed her after an argument. His version was repeatedly challenged by prosecutor Gerrie Nel who called it “improbable” and a “lie.” Pistorius’ credibility will likely play a key part when Judge Thokozile Masipa forms her verdict. If convicted of murder, Pistorius could be sentenced to at least 25 years in prison.
Here is how Oscar Pistorius claims he came to kill his girlfriend in the predawn hours of Valentine’s Day 2013:
- Pistorius and Steenkamp went to bed about 10 p.m.
- He woke up during the early hours of Feb. 14, 2013 because the room was hot and humid. Steenkamp was also awake .
- Pistorius moved the fans from the balcony doorway to inside the room since the AC was not functioning. He pulled the curtains tight to block a slim bit of light through the curtains and moved Steenkamp’s jeans from the floor and was going to use them to cover a small LED light on an amplifier.
- Before covering the light, he heard the noise of a window opening in the bathroom.
- He said he believed the noise was from an intruder who was in his house, possibly via a ladder to a window.
- Still on his stumps, Pistorius retrieved his gun from beneath the left side of the bed. He whispered to Steenkamp to call the police and moved into a hallway leading to the bathroom. The gun was pointed in front of him.
- He yelled for the “person” to get out of his house and yelled to Steenkamp to call the police.
- He felt vulnerable on his stumps and feared someone was about to come out of the bathroom when he heard the sound of “wood moving” and thought the door was opening. He was “overcome with fear” and he fired four shots in quick succession through the bathroom door.
- His ears were ringing from the gunshots, so he was unable to hear anything.
- Pistorius retreated back down the hallway to the bed. Still aiming his gun at the bathroom, he hopped on the bed in the dark. He felt for Steenkamp and didn’t find her. He thought maybe she was hiding on the floor or behind the curtains, so he checked the floor and ran his hands along the curtains. That was when he first suspected Steenkamp may have been in the bathroom, “when everything changed.”
- Pistorius went back to the bathroom door, still holding the gun, and tried the doorknob. The door was locked.
- He slammed into the bathroom door with his body. He got a cricket bat and smashed a hole in the door so that he could reach in, pick up a key from the floor and let himself in.
- Pistorius found Steenkamp crumpled on the floor with her on the toilet. He sat over her and cried.
- He ran to the left side of his bed to retrieve his phone and went back to Steenkamp. At 3:19 a.m. he called a neighbor. At 3:20 a.m. he phoned the ambulance service, and at 3:21 a.m. he called security at his estate.
- Police and paramedics arrived. A paramedic told Pistorius that Steenkamp was dead.
- Pistorius asked the police if he can wash his bloody hands because the smell was making him feel ill.
- About two hours later, Pistorius asked the police to take whatever photos of him that were needed so he could take off his blood soaked clothing.
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