Oscar Pistorius

Forensic evidence backs claims Pistorius beat Steenkamp with a cricket bat before he shot her


Dramatic new evidence emerged today that claims to show Oscar Pistorius attacked his lover with an air rifle and a cricket bat before shooting her dead.

The Paralympian told his trial that he accidentally killed Reeva Steenkamp after mistaking her for an intruder at his home in Pretoria three years ago.

But two experts have now released never-before-seen forensic pictures they claim conclusively proves the athlete murdered the model.

They point to two injuries on the model’s back they say match the tip of his cricket bat, while marks on the ripped and blood-covered handle suggest there was a struggle.

So he basically beat the crap out of her, she hid in the toilet, and then he shot her through the door.   Nice guy.   Read more »

Sentenced to 5 years for taking a life, serves 10 months in jail. Is this justice?

Oscar Pistorius must have gotten a discount for being less than a full human being.

via ABC News

via ABC News

Oscar Pistorius, the South African double amputee sprinter who shot dead his girlfriend, is scheduled to be freed on parole on August 21 after serving just 10 months in jail.

The proposed release date, announced on Monday (local time), provoked an angry reaction from the parents of model and television presenter Reeva Steenkamp, 29, who Pistorius shot on Valentine’s Day in 2013.

“Incarceration of 10 months for taking a life is simply not enough,” her parents June and Barry Steenkamp said in a statement released online.

“We fear that this will not send out the proper message and serve as the deterrent it should.”

The statement added that the family had “forgiven” Pistorius and did “not seek to avenge” their daughter’s death.

“He has been recommended for correctional supervision on August 21,” Zach Modise, commissioner of the correctional services, told AFP.

“Normally, this will mean house arrest with one hour of free time each day. As he progresses, we will relax these conditions.”

The mad bugger has essentially gotten away with it.   10 months in jail, and then a cushy number at home for a while in exchange for a human life.

Is this justice?


– Kristen Van Schie, AFP

Photo Of The Day

Photo/who’swho South Africa Thokozile Matilda Masipa is a former social worker turned journalist turned lawyer turned superior court judge. She’s “eloquent” and highly respected by her peers, but perpetrators should tread lightly.

Photo/who’swho South Africa
Thokozile Matilda Masipa is a former social worker turned journalist turned lawyer turned superior court judge. She’s “eloquent” and highly respected by her peers, but perpetrators should tread lightly.

Judge Thokozile Matilda Masipa

The World Awaits Her Verdict

Oscar Pistorius murder trial: The woman who already knows if the Paralympian is guilty – or not guilty Read more »

Oscar Pistorius’ own defence pathologist refuses to testify [ POLL ]

via The Star

via The Star

From the “oh dear, that can’t be good” file:

A star pathologist hired by Oscar Pistorius says he will not testify at the athlete’s murder trial, in another blow for his defence after a week of savage cross-examination.

Private forensic pathologist Reggie Perumal – who joined Pistorius’s hand-picked team soon after Reeva Steenkamp was killed on Valentine’s Day morning 2013 – will not take the stand, amid suggestions his post-mortem findings support key parts of the prosecution’s case.

Perumal was hired by Pistorius in time to attend the model’s autopsy.

When asked if he would testify, the Durban-based pathologist told AFP “no, ma’am”.

“I think you’re aware that I can’t say anything right now.”

The man isn’t going perjure himself, but is aware that truthful answers will be helping the prosecution’s case, so he’s preferring to not testify at all.   Read more »

The truth is rarely pure and never simple

Caution: reviews the Pistorius case but doesn’t pull any punches

Oscar Pistorius gets to the business end of his trial


It could all hinge on the toilet door.

Oscar Pistorius goes on trial for murder today, but some experts not involved in the case say the double-amputee runner could still be vulnerable to a homicide conviction even if he is acquitted of murdering his girlfriend. That’s because, they say, he violated the most basic tenets of gun-handling by shooting into a closed door without knowing – at least, by his account – who was behind it.

South Africa’s criminal justice system and gun culture will be under a global spotlight during the Pistorius trial, which has some parallels with the OJ Simpson case in the United States 20 years ago because of the celebrity factor, the sensational allegations and the fascination of people around the world. Parts of the trial will be broadcast live on television, adding to the scrutiny. Simpson’s trial for the killing of his ex-wife and a man was televised in its entirety.

But in one glaring difference, Pistorius acknowledges he killed the victim. The Olympian says he thought Reeva Steenkamp was a nighttime intruder in his home in the early hours of Feb. 14 last year; the prosecution maintains he intentionally shot her several times in the bathroom after an argument.   Read more »

Sex Sells

This is a list of the top 50 posts for the year…there is little doubt as to what was the story of the year.

We have had all manner of media commentators exclaim that the Len Brown story was “too detailed”…but you know what…they all read it.

As a species we are hypocrites.  We pretend to be better than that, but the numbers don’t lie. From Len Brown and Bevan Chuang to Andrea Vance and Peter Dunne…the message is simple to Stephanie Key to Oscar Pistorious…people like to read about dodgy, rooting ratbags, sex and scandal.

But I think it is more dodgy rooting rat bags that sells.

If Len Brown had have just been happy running one up his missus at home there would be no scandal and people could say ‘Ngati Whatua Room’ without laughing hysterically.

Here are the Top 50 posts for the past year.  Read more »

Interesting Whaleoil searches

via voicable.org

via voicable.org

It is always interesting to have a look at what people were looking for when they use a search engine to visit Whaleoil.  The majority of the searches are obviously directly for the blog name, my name or some combination of it.

With about 60,000 searches being delivered to Whaleoil last month, the actual traffic from search engines is negligible to the 1,000,000+ pages that were served up, especially when half of those are looking for me or my blog by name.

But it still remains fun to have a look back.

Around the time of Sir Paul Holmes’ knighting and death, these searches actually outperformed searches for the man’s name itself   Read more »

Pistorius crushed girlfriend’s skull with cricket bat – Police

Just as well there isn’t a jury trial in South Africa, because I don’t think they’d be able to find 12 untainted jurors in the world, let alone South Africa.

The Daily Mail reports

article-2283507-183A4819000005DC-40_306x423Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius crushed his girlfriend’s skull with a cricket bat before shooting her dead, police have told her family.

Details of the post-mortem examination of South African model Reeva Steenkamp were withheld from last week’s bail application hearing.

But grieving relatives who saw her body before Tuesday’s cremation in Port Elizabeth described horrific injuries from the cricket bat, and entry wounds from 9mm bullets fired by Pistorius.

They were also briefed about the model’s death by police and lawyers from the state prosecutor’s office.

He beat her to an inch of her life, then as she tried to hide in the bathroom, he unloaded some bullets into her.

What a piece of scum.   Read more »

Too soon?


Just a little recap on the Oscar Pistorius posts for those late to the party   Read more »