The South African paralympian has formally been charged with murdering his late girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, and now faces high court trial in March, as charge sheet reports witnesses have vital details of the murder. In court, Mr Pistorius was charged with two counts of murdering Miss Steenkamp, who would have turned 30 today, by shooting her four times through a locked toilet door at his home, while possessing 38 unlicensed bullets. The Olympic athlete, who is currently living at his uncle’s house on bail, made his third appearance in court, flanked by a large group of friends and family.
During the session, he fought a losing battle to hold back his tears which ran down his face as he stood clutching the hands of his brother Carl and sister Aimee in silent prayer. Not too far away sat Miss Steenkamp’s best friends Kim and Gina Myers who said in a statement read by their lawyer Ian Levitt afterwards, they said they were keen that Miss Steenkamp was not forgotten in the glare of publicity surrounding Mr Pistorius. “Now more than ever, her memory lives on with her friends who cannot forget the lasting effect she had on everyone she met,” they said in their statement. “Her life, strength and passion live on.”
The charge sheet during the hearing said that when Miss Steenkamp locked herself in the toilet adjacent to the couple’s bedroom, Mr Pistorius had “armed himself with a 9mm pistol” and fired through the door. “Some of the State witnesses heard a woman scream, followed by moments of silence, then heard gunshots and then more screaming,” it read. Mr Pistorius, the charge sheet noted, told witnesses on the scene that he believed Miss Steenkamp was somebody that intruded into his home. “Even then, the accused shot with the direct intention to kill a person,” it said. “An error in persona will not affect the intention to kill a human being.”
News recently came out that that the police ballistics report backed up Mr Pistorius’ claim that he did not take time to put on his prosthetic legs before he shot through the toilet door. In an previous court hearing, Mr Pistorius claimed that he had woken in the middle of the night, heard a noise in the bathroom and immediately grabbed his gun to protect himself and Miss Steenkamp, who was staying the night. “I did not have my prosthetic legs on and felt extremely vulnerable,” he told the court. “I believed that when the intruder or intruders came out of the toilet we would be in grave danger.“
Following the hustle and bustle of the case, Desi Myers posted on Twitter that she was sending “love, strength and prayers” to Miss Steenkamp’s parents. “Six months ago our lives changed. We became a different family with a different history, a different future,” she wrote. “We are blessed to have known you Reeves. Oh how your beautiful soul is missed.”