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    'Blade Runner' charged with girlfriend's murder

    JOHANNESBURG - South African “Blade Runner” Oscar Pistorius, a double amputee who became one of the biggest names in world athletics, was charged on Thursday with shooting dead his girlfriend at his home in Pretoria.

    Police said they had opened a murder case after a 30-year-old woman was found dead at the track star’s house after an incident in the upmarket Silverlakes gated complex on the outskirts of the capital.

    “At this stage he is on his way to a district surgeon for medical examination,” police brigadier Denise Beukes told reporters outside the heavily guarded residential complex.

    Pistorius and his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, had been the only people in the house at the time of the shooting, Beukes, said, and witnesses had been interviewed about the incident, which happened in the early hours of the morning.

    “We are talking about neighbours and people that heard things earlier in the evening and when the shooting took place,” she said. Earlier, police said a 9mm pistol had been found at the scene.

    When a person has been accused of a crime like murder they look at things like testing under the figure nails, taking a blood alcohol sample and all kinds of other test that are done. They are standard medical tests,” Beukes said.

    Pistorius is due to appear in a Pretoria court after 1200 GMT.

    Before the murder charge was announced, Johannesburg’s Talk Radio 702 said the 26-year-old may have mistaken Steenkamp for a burglar.

    South Africa has some of the world’s highest rates of violent crime, and many home owners have weapons to defend themselves against intruders, although Pistorius’ complex is surrounded by a three metre high wall and electric fence.

    In 2004, Springbok rugby player Rudi Visagie shot dead his 19-year-old daughter after he mistakenly thought she was a robber trying to steal his car in the middle of the night.

    Steenkamp, a model and regular on the South African party circuit, was reported to have been dating Pistorius for a year, and there had been little to suggest their relationship was in trouble.

    In the social pages of last weekend’s Sunday Independent she described him as having “impeccable” taste.

    “His gifts are always thoughtful,” she was quoted as saying.

    Some of her last Twitter postings indicated she was looking forward to celebrating Valentine’s Day on Thursday with him.

    “What do you have up your sleeve for your love tomorrow???” she posted.

    'Blade Runner' charged with girlfriend's murder

    I'm absolutely shocked. Oscar Pistorius was one of my heroes at the recent London Olympics.

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    It has to be a mistake.

    Most of the time, not only these guys or girls who goes against all odds in their life, often have to overcome even some of the worst nightmares despite all their dedication, hard work and incredible courage to keep on.

    They go on when everyone around them try to discourage them, to 'protect' them against all the disapointements and despairs.

    Anyway, this is really sad news in every way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnutz View Post
    Hey Doc, when you said "Blade Runner", I thought you were talking of the Merb member. WTF i said to myself.
    Until now, i didn't even know that we had such a member.

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    This made me really sad because she was a spokesperson against this kind of thing. It's also really sad to hear there were many domestic violence calls to their residence and it seems to not have made the light of day. Sad to know someone is speaking out against something but in the shadows she's also a victim of the exact same thing. It also makes me really sad about how society is, like this guy is supposed to be a hero so let's just ignore all this domestic violence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gentle View Post
    ...guys or girls who goes against all odds in their life,...
    Gentle,

    I was totally shocked for the same reason. It seems completely inconceivable that anyone who had to fight so hard just have an average life and still achieve so much beyond that to make it at the highest levels of athletic competition and financial success should be the one to take a life. It seems respect for life would have been deeply ingrained by the endless struggles he had to go through. Guess not.

    If the charges are all true, and based on reports I don't see how they won't be, it seems anyone can bring with them great frailties and faults no matter how noble their beginnings or struggles, and I still don't get why a person like him would kill another person and throw two lives away at the pinnacle of success and possibilities.

    heart-breaking,

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    Well now it looks like he had many girlfriends and was very good at seducing.

    But even then to me it's a perfect example that 'guns in the house' is bound to bring the worst in you.

    No matter if you're already a nutcase, paranoid or someone who never did anything criminal.
    Whatever the case is, for him.

    For instance since Newtown's massacre, as of Feb. 14th there is now over 1800 people killed in USA.
    That's an average of over 900 per month or almost 30 each day.

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    I hope it never happens, but i wouldn't be surprised if one day i wake up & find out from the news that something similar has happened to Rihanna.

    Currently, she's the worst poster-girl for victims of domestic abuse. Even though she seems to believe that Chris Brown is a changed man & learned from his mistake(s), it's obvious from several incidents over the past couple of years that he's prone to violent acts. I believe it's only a matter of time until we learn that he's beaten her up again....or worse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gentle View Post
    ...'guns in the house' is bound to bring the worst in you.
    Gentle,

    On CNN this morning a biographer spoke about his surprise at being invited to a shooting range by Pistorius while writing his story. Obviously Oscar was very comfortable with his guns. It don't think having a gun automatically leads to this. But having the gun and being comfortable with it, combined with what's becoming clear about a violent temper, created the deadly result. I know a number of gun owners who have no reservations about beating people as a first option in a confrontation. With a gun around that option for those types gets deadlier. A lot of people would be alive if a gun was not present offering itself as a solution during high emotional distress.

    I hope Rihanna does not end up the same way. An animal who beats a woman is making a claim of permanent possession/being her master. Coming back only tells him in his view it's true. God help her.



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    Long List

    Just part of a long list starting with:

    http://www.ranker.com/list/top-8-pro...IDESHOW&page=8

    Locally there was Tommy Kane, Tony Demers(manslaughter), Brian Jack(manslaughter in Winnipeg).

    Then there are the various vehicular homicide cases - Craig MacTavish and others.
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    He was found not guilty...... Money talks and bullshit walks.
    I do not think outside the box, I do not think inside the box, I do not even know where the box is.

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    Hello all,

    My homepage goes to MSN and this was the first story I noticed. The news made me sick. There's no way one shoots into his own bathroom door several times while knowing his girlfriend is missing from bed and just happens to plunk her right in the head. This is OJ Simpson all over again.

    http://news.msn.com/world/judge-pist...ilty-of-murder

    However the judge didn't say he was innocent. He said there wasn't enough clear evidence he was guilty of murder, and he's still on the hook for "culpable homicide".

    "PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — In a lengthy verdict phase climaxing Oscar Pistorius' trial, the judge said Thursday he can't be found guilty of murder but that he was negligent in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, raising the possibility he'll be convicted of culpable homicide."

    Thanks to the South African justice system that still allows suspects to be tried on other charges with different levels of guilt instead of getting them off of the hook as they are so many times in the U.S.. The U.S. should amend it's double jeopardy provisions to leave open the possibility of new significant evidence. The usual U.S. option of using civil rights charges is a poor substitute.



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    do you honestly belive this garbage?.I thought this kind of trashy judgements happens only in north america.shame.

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    He was found not guilty......
    Only on the premeditated murder charge; it's not like he's going to walk out of court a free man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amazona View Post
    do you honestly belive this garbage?.I thought this kind of trashy judgements happens only in north america.shame.
    Why would you think that? Every legal system in every civilized country has a very high standard of proof for premeditated murder (first degree murder in Canada). Where that standard cannot be met, the equivalents of second degree murder or manslaughter are the charges that would stick.

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    BOYZ,

    BLADEKILLER CONVICTED!

    http://news.msn.com/world/judge-pist...pable-homicide

    PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — A South African judge on Friday found Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and declared him not guilty of murder. Prosecutors said they were disappointed by the ruling but would decide on whether to appeal only after sentencing.

    Judge Thokozile Masipa said there was not enough evidence to support the contention that Pistorius knew Steenkamp was behind a locked toilet door in his home when he shot through the door in the predawn hours of Valentine's Day last year. Masipa said prosecutors had not proven beyond a reasonable doubt that Pistorius intended to kill Steenkamp.

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    The red-robed judge ordered Pistorius, 27, to stand before she delivered the formal verdict on the multiple counts against him, and said it was a unanimous verdict, meaning she and her two legal assessors agreed on the findings. The conviction of culpable homicide, or negligent killing, can bring a maximum prison sentence of 15 years.


    It's not nearly as satisfying, but at least this murderer will pay something. I just don't understand the difference between premeditated murder and culpable murder if the judge says he believes Pistorias knew she was behind the door. Maybe it means the act was an unplanned result of momentary rage. It sounds like pure murder to me. Anyway stick this guy somewhere deep and dark, like a snake pit.



    Merlot

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