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skatefan
02-14-2013, 10:12 AM
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-21455840

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-21455453


Oscar Pistorius has been arrested and charged with murdering his girlfriend, apparently mistaken for a burglar :(

Initial reports were that it was an accident but just announced that he will be in court today.

skipaway
02-14-2013, 10:25 AM
What a shame and a tragedy for both.

Alledgedly killed Girlfriend (http://sports.yahoo.com/news/olympics---blade-runner--oscar-pistorius-allegedly-kills-girlfriend-in-shooting-073309639.html)


is under police custody Thursday after allegedly shooting and killing his girlfriend, who he may have mistaken for an intruder, according to the South African news agency News24. South Africa is one of the most dangerous nations in the world, and residents commonly carry firearms to protect themselves against frequent home invasions

floskate
02-14-2013, 10:49 AM
BBC sport just tweeted that bail will be opposed as there were witnesses? Also reports stating that police have alluded to previous domestic disturbances. Wow this is shocking. :(

morqet
02-14-2013, 10:56 AM
https://mobile.twitter.com/ewnreporter?p=s

Statement from South Afrinca police says they have reports of screaming and shouting earlier in teh evening & they were surprised to hear the reports about him mistaking her for an intruder. They will disclose their reasons for opposing bail this afternoon. This is horrible :(

Aussie Willy
02-14-2013, 11:49 AM
I heard this on the radio tonight. Totally bizarre and unexpected.

joeperryfan
02-14-2013, 01:33 PM
When I first read about this the headline only stated "Paralympic athlete" I immediately wondered if it was Pistorius but didn't even want to open it up...

AYS
02-14-2013, 01:51 PM
:eek:

allezfred
02-14-2013, 02:00 PM
I may now have a concrete reason for disliking Pistorius. Something about him and the way his "sainthood" was propagated really grated.

IceIceBaby
02-14-2013, 02:14 PM
I really wonder who started and why the rumors about his mistaking the girl for a burglar? Not police anyways. And the neighbors heard fighting.

Jenny
02-14-2013, 02:30 PM
I really wonder who started and why the rumors about his mistaking the girl for a burglar? Not police anyways. And the neighbors heard fighting.

In a story I read earlier and now can't find, there was reference to the high crime rate in the area and how even in gated communities residents usually have firearms in the house, and how in one recent incident, a man shot his own daughter because he thought she was someone stealing his car.

I suspect that's the source of confusion, along with perhaps people hoping that it was an accident rather than murder, including:


South Africa’s Sports Confederation and Olympic committee released a statement on Thursday saying they had been “inundated” with requests for comment but were not in a position to give out any details of the shooting.

“SASCOC, like the rest of the public, knows no more than what is in the public domain, which is there has been an alleged fatal shooting on the basis of a mistaken identity and an apparent assumption of a burglary,” the South African Olympic committee said.


But a police spokesperson says otherwise:


Beukes also said there had been previous incidents and “allegations of a domestic nature” at the home of the Olympic star and double-amputee runner, who is one of South Africa’s and the world’s most famous sportsmen and made history at the London Games last year by being the first double-amputee runner to compete at the Olympics.

“I’m not going to elaborate on it but there have been incidents (at Pistorius’ home),” Beukes said.


(Quotes from an AP story)

IceIceBaby
02-14-2013, 02:36 PM
I have read Pistorius is a big hero in Australia and maybe that's why they tried to make up all kinds of excuses.

elka_sk8
02-14-2013, 02:42 PM
Unfortunately, media outlets are so intent on getting a "scoop" that they don't seem to fact check before reporting rumors. The surge in social media and 24 hr news outlets only contributes to this. Remember when the Newtown shooting happened, there were reports that the shooter's mother taught at the school, among other things.

rayhaneh
02-14-2013, 03:11 PM
I have read Pistorius is a big hero in Australia and maybe that's why they tried to make up all kinds of excuses.

I guess you meant South Africa :shuffle:

genevieve
02-14-2013, 04:16 PM
this is so shocking :eek:

joeperryfan
02-14-2013, 06:04 PM
Unfortunately, media outlets are so intent on getting a "scoop" that they don't seem to fact check before reporting rumors. The surge in social media and 24 hr news outlets only contributes to this. Remember when the Newtown shooting happened, there were reports that the shooter's mother taught at the school, among other things.

You bet... I was just reading an article about this on a portuguese site it had such gems as "... the police charged him with homicide(translated from portuguese so I don't know what the actual accusation was) so the the hypothesis of accidental murder was discarded..." , erm, what exactly do they think would have been the charge had it been an accident? The degree or murder differs but t's still murder even if accidental...

"... the authorities denied bail for the athlete's release...", as far as I know this only happens after the first court appearance, what really happened was that the police plans to opposed his request for bail.

Evidently I don't know what happened, but the coverage of this case is absolute crap.