The critical issue in Oscar Pistorius’ murder trial is intention — did her intentionally kill Reeva? One commentator nailed it when he said people don’t just pick up a weapon and start firing it at someone. There is a ‘cascade of vectors’ which can lie behind a relationship — specific circumstances can spark something in the psyche, causing an outburst, sometimes with bloody and devastating consequences.
What were those vectors in Oscar’s case?
The popular image of Oscar is that of a sauve, self-assured, confident ladies’ man or as Reeva herself once put it: “Oscar’s a very, very sexy boy . . . But . . . ja, he’s a gentleman.”
Yet when you read what Reeva’s ‘Johannesburg dad’ Cecil Myers says about Oscar, a different picture emerges. Shortly after Reeva was killed, a distraught Myers told UK newspaper The Telegraph: “He kept pestering her, phoning and phoning and phoning her. Oscar was hasty and impatient and very moody – that’s my impression of him.”
It stands to reason that Oscar must have been feeling the pressure to keep his celebrity flame burning as brightly as possible.
Evidence emerging in media reports suggests that Oscar suffered from insomnia...
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