Oscar Pistorious is a world leading South African runner who came into the limelight as a disabled athlete competing at high level competitions that incuded the Paralympics as well as the 2012 summer Olympics. Hiw woes however started after he was charges with the suspected murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steencamp. His trial on the murder and other gun related charges commenced on 3 March, 2014. On September 2014 however, Thokoze Masipa, who was the lead judge in the case gave a verdict that Pistorious was not guilty of murder but of culpable homicide.
Based on the opening statement by procecutor Gerrie Nel, the murder case facing Pistorious was based majorly on circumstantial evidence since there were no notable eye witnesses in the case. The court heard that in contradiction to that statement that had been made during the bail hearing, the athlete was not wearing his prosthetic legs at the time of the incident. In an opening statement that was read by the family lawyer, Pistorious testified that he believed Steenkamp was in bed as he fired at what he believed was an intruder into their home. Basically, he admitted to having shot and killed Steenkamp but denied the murder charge.
The first and the second day of the trial saw witnesses testify that they heard sounds of argument that lasted for about an hour. Five witnesses said that they heard what they believed were a woman’s screams followed by gunshots on the night that Steenkamp died. As a result of these case, there were several legal analysts that were mandated with covering the case.
One of these legal analysts was Brenda Wardle. She is a world-renowned legal analyst and a South African Native. She is the chief operations officer of Wardle College of law. She has achieved great feat in the legal domain that includes several degrees and a master of law degree.
During the trial of Oscar Pistorious, Branda’s TV appearances included channel 5 in the UK, and Fox News in the United States where he was taken to task to explain the South African law as it concerned the trial in question. It would therefore be noted that the helpful insights from Brenda on the prosecutions’ appeal, especially on the controversial verdict by Masipa were particularly crucial for people who understood little about the uniqueness of the South African Law and the judicial system in general.
Brenda Wardle on the Pistorius Trial: