Pistorius Breaks Down on Witness Stand, Causes Adjournment
Oscar Pistorious will need to pull himself together in order to effectively convince South-African Judge, Thokozile Masipa, that he killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, accidentally after mistaking her for an intruder who’d broken into his bathroom.
According to Yahoo Sports, Pistorious caused an adjournment in the court’s proceedings by wailing, slumping in his seat and crying uncontrollably. So much so that his brother and sister needed to come to his aid. The report reads:
“Tuesday’s outburst on the witness stand was his most demonstrative, and it forced a brief adjournment. Pistorius didn’t stand up when the judge left, and also started to wail as he slumped in his seat. His brother and sister went over to comfort him. After a while he left the courtroom through a side door, still crying. When Masipa returned, she ended proceedings for the day. Pistorius had by that time come back, jaw clenched, to the witness box. He was composed when he left the court and walked to a waiting vehicle. The trial was to reconvene on Wednesday.”
Today, he offered his full account of what happened that fateful night, February 14, 2013, and in my opinion it doesn’t make much sense. I can’t for the life of me understand how he just recklessly fired his handgun, inside of the room where the love of his life was to be sleeping, without making sure she AT LEAST knew to get down. Pistorious told the court:
”I wasn’t sure if someone was going to come out the toilet and attack me.” He also testified he heard a door slam, which he said he took as ”confirmation” that there was an intruder in the bathroom, and fired four shots at the toilet cubicle with his 9 mm pistol.
The prosecution is arguing that Pistorious’ behavior is another part of an elaborate lie, in which he murdered Steenkamp intentionally in a rage. If found guilty of premeditated murder,the 27-year-old Olympian faces a life sentence with a minimum of 25 years before parole.