Earlier this morning, Oscar Pistorius addressed a packed courtroom and told them that he shot his girlfriend to death by mistake, thinking she was a robber. However, YouWager learned that the prosecutor called these events premeditated murder.
The sprint runner said in an affidavit read by his lawyer at his bail hearing that he felt vulnerable because he did not have on his prosthetic legs when he pumped bullets into the locked bathroom door. It was only then that that Pistorius claims he found out that his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was not in his bed.
Pistorius then proceeded to put on his prosthetic legs, tried to kick down the door, then bashed it in with a cricket bat to find the model shot inside. According to the double amputee, he ran downstairs with Steenkamp, but “She died in my arms.”
Today, prosecutor Gerrie Nel charged Pistorius with premeditated murder, alleging he took the time to put on his legs and walk some 7 meters from the bed to the bathroom door before opening fire. If convicted of premeditated murder the 26-year-old athlete could face a mandatory sentence of life in prison.
The shooting death has shocked South Africans and many around the world who idolized the Olympic athlete for overcoming adversity to become a sports champion, competing in the London Olympics last year in track besides being a Paralympian.
The 29 year-old Steenkamp was a model and law graduate who made her debut on a South African reality TV program that was broadcast on Saturday, two days after her death.
The Johannesburg native Pistorius was born without fibula bones and had them amputated when he was 11 months. He has now lost several valuable sponsorships estimated to be worth more than $1 million a year.
On Tuesday, the athlete known as Blade Runner was ousted from a pro-gay campaign being launched in Cape Town, organizers said. In a video axed from the campaign, Pistorius says, “You don’t have to worry. You don’t have to change. Take a deep breath and remember, ‘It will get better.'”