A Murder and Numerous Gun-Related Charges
The State vs Oscar Pistorius is the trial that was for the murder of Ms. Reeva Steenkamp along with numerous gun-related charges. This trial was opened on March 3, 2014. This took place in South Africa in the High Court in Pretoria. Judge Thorokzile Masipa had delivered a non guilty verdict. This verdict was for the murder. There was a guilty verdict of culpable homicide of Ms. Steenkamp. This also included reckless endangerment with a firearm. This occurred at a restaurant. Pistorius had gotten and received a prison sentence on October 21, 2014. This sentence included a five year maximum for the culpable homicide. The separate charge of reckless endangerment received a three-year suspended prison sentence. This was a concurrent sentence.
The Athlete with a Disability
Pistorius is well-known as one of the leading South African runners. He received much attention because he is an athlete with a disability. He competed at a very high level. This would include:
* the 2012 Summer Olympics
* multiple Paralympic Games
Thursday, February 14, 2013
It was early in the morning on Thursday, February 14, 2013 that Steenkamp had been shot and killed by Pistorius. This occurred right at his Pretorius home. Pistorius did admit that he did shoot Steenkamp. He claimed that he accidently mistook her as a an intruder. He had then been taken into police custody. It was at that time that he was charged at a Pretoria court for murder.
Tuesday, February 9, 2013
It was February 9, 2013 that the bail hearing commenced. This was under Chief Magistrate of Pretoria Desmond Nair. It was claimed that Pistorius had actually fired four shots. This was through a locked toilet door. It did hit Steenkamp three times. She was inside. It had been claimed by Prosecutor Gerrie Nel, that Pistorius placed his prosthetic legs on and walked across the rooms and shot Steenkamp intentionally. This was a four-day bail hearing that determined that Pistorius did not pose as a flight risk. There was a fixed bail set at 113,000 US dollars. He returned to training in June, 2013.
Brenda Wardle the Amazing legal Analyst
Ms. Wardle is an amazing legal analyst who covered this entire trial. She is indeed a talented legal analyst. She is world-renowned and she is also South African.
Three Law Degrees
Brenda Wardle has three total law degrees. These include:
* Intermediary Degree Qualification in Criminal Justice Administration
* Bachelor of Laws Degree
* Master of Laws Degree
The law and Wardle is a solid combination and this is one highly talented analyst. Experience is on her side.