Oscar Pistorius, the Olympic sprinter with no legs, was in a South African courtroom today on charges he murdered his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius offered this statement, which was read in court by his lawyer. Here’s the most important part of it:
On 13 Feb Reeva would have gone out with her friends, me with mine. She wanted to stay at home.
I was watching TV. My legs were off. She was doing yoga. At the end of the evening we got into bed.
I’m accutely aware of people gaining entries to homes to commit crime, I’ve received death threats.
I sleep with my 9mm under my bed. I woke up to close the sliding door and heard a noise in the bathroom.
I was scared and didn’t switch on the light. I got my gun and moved towards the bathroom. I screamed at the intruder because I did not have my legs on I felt vulnerable. I fired shots through the bathroom door and told Reeva to call police.
I walked back to the bed and realised Reeva was not in bed. Its then it dawned on me it could be her in there.
I kicked the door open. Called paramedics and complex security. I tried to carry her down stairs for help.
Left unexplained: What about the cricket bat, and the blood on it?
Left unexplained: What about the report that neighbors heard the couple fighting hours earlier?
If the first rule of gun ownership is never point a gun at someone, isn’t the second rule to never just blindly fire gunshots in the dark in your own house?
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