Oscar Pistorius Reeva Steenkamp
Everybody likes a good story of courage and overcoming the odds. But we are misguided to assume that excellence in a sport or in a public forum also means excellence in life, in living, and in the task of being human. What is truly courageous, basketball star Charles Barkley once said, is "a father or mother who gets up every morning to go to work to put food on the table for his family."
His jail sentence, his crime, his life, his guilt. The language of the perpetrator is everywhere, yet the language of the victim is nowhere to be found. 439 words and Reeva isn't named once, referred to singularly at the beginning with poetic abandon: 'He killed his girlfriend.'What we have here is an insensitively-timed rumination on prison reform at the expense of a 'girlfriend' Simon Jenkins didn't even have the consideration to name. Spectacular timing in a year when it was revealed around 90% of all reports of domestic violence to police forces in England and Wales are taken no further.
To me, it seems the major distinction in the judge Vs jury debate is this: Judges have to answer to people, their profession and the media. Those on jury service have only to answer to their own consciences. Which is better? I have no idea. But it seemed like a fitting time to ask the question.
Although there has been a verdict in the Oscar Pistorius trial, will this satisfy global curiosity as to what happened on the night that Reeva Steenkamp was shot dead by Oscar Pistorius?
Oscar Pistorius read out a Valentine's card from his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, given to him only hours before he shot her
Oscar Pistorius took the stand at his trial today, accused of the murder of Reeva Steenkamp. Opening with a tearful apology to the Steenkamp family, the athlete spoke of the night he shot his girlfriend, saying: "I was simply trying to protect Reeva."
Oscar Pistorius showed a "great love of and enthusiasm for guns", according to a witness at the murder trial of the paralympian
A firearms exam completed by Oscar Pistorius suggests the star knew better than to shoot blindly at a suspected intruder, the court heard today. Firearm licence facilitator, Sean Patrick Rens read out the test which included scenario-based questions involving correct firearm protocol if under attack.
Graphic evidence from the forensic pathologist who carried out Reeva Steenkamp's autopsy has cast new doubt in the trial of Oscar Pistorius...
On the fourth day of his murder trial, Oscar Pistorius reportedly broke down as a neighbour described the moment he tried