Oscar Pistorius, Reeva Steenkamp, and the Locked Toilet Room Door
By Dennis Loo (2/20/13)
Updates at the end
Oscar Pistorius’ affidavit delivered in court yesterday (Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013) by his lawyer makes no sense.
He hears a noise in the middle of the night and gets his 9 mm that he keeps under the bed. He doesn’t, however, check to see if his girlfriend Reeva is in bed with him, nor does he inform her that he’s going to investigate the noise.
What does someone do when they are worried that there is an intruder in the house? Check on their loved one(s) first? Not in Pistorius’ case apparently.
Then he says that he went to the bathroom and sees that the bathroom window is open and sees that the toilet room door is closed.
He yells out to the unknown person he hears making noise in the toilet but allegedly gets no response. He yells to Steenkamp to call the police and then fires four times through the bathroom door at the person in the toilet room because he is terrified of an intruder who is hiding in the toilet room behind a (locked) door.
Now that we all have the picture, a multiple choice test question:
Who locks a toilet room door?
A. An intruder who wants his or her privacy in the toilet
B. A girlfriend who wants to temporarily get away from an out of control boyfriend
C. A girlfriend who doesn’t realize that her boyfriend is so crazed and/or murderous that he will shoot her through the bathroom door four times
D. B and C
Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp: Poster Couple for Gun Ownership
Texts from Reeva to Oscar were introduced into evidence in Pistorius' trial today. They paint a picture of Pistorius and his relationship to Steenkamp that is consistent with other witnesses' testimony about Pistorius as hot tempered, self-centered, insecure, and abusive, particularly to women. While his behavior scared her, clearly Reeva had no idea that Oscar was capable of murdering her in cold blood.
The texts include the following:
"I get snapped at and told my accents and my voice are annoying. i touch your neck to show u i care you tell me to stop. Stop chewing gum. do this don't do that," read part of one long text.
"I'm scared of you sometimes and how you snap at me... I do everything to make u happy and to not say anything to rock the boat with u. you do everything to throw tantrums in front of people,"
One text sent on Jan. 27, 2013 read, "u are very quick to act cold and offish when you're unhappy... every 5 seconds i hear how u dated another chick," she wrote.
Oscar says he was only "trying to protect" Reeva when he shot four times through the locked toilet room door. Should we believe that someone who claims that he did not check to make sure that Reeva was still in bed with him before he got his gun and then went into the bathroom, was actually "trying to protect" her? If you hear a possible intruder and you're "trying to protect" someone who you love from that possible intruder, isn't the very first thing that you would do is check on that person and their whereabouts to make sure that they are safe and alert them that there may be danger? Just what kind of a protector are you if you don't first of all check on where your loved one is so that you can protect them?
See also 3/21/14 article: Oscar Pistorius Covers His Ears
4/9/14 article Oscar Pistorius' Pathetic Agony.