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Oscar Pistorius: the real malady that made him a killer?

Oscar PistoriusHere’s  an updated column I wrote during the trial of South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius for the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp  on February 14, 2013. It’s not anything to do with the science around optimum nutrition for body and mind. I just take the broadest possible view of what constitutes food for thought for body and mind.

Pistorius is now serving time in jail for shooting Reeva to death. (The prosecutors are appealing what they have described as the ‘shockingly lenient’ sentence of just six years for murder.) During the trial, Pistorius’ defence team made much of his mental state. The team painted his emotional outbursts and retching in court as signs of a ‘remorseful, heartbroken’ man. 

To me, Pistorius’s own evidence proves he has a very real malady, very different from the one his defence wants us all to believe. It’s one that explains his peculiar behaviour in and out of court: 

Oscar Pistorius: ‘smoking gun’ to prove he’s innocent?

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Updated!  Here’s a column I wrote during Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius’ trial for the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2014. Judge Thokozile Masipa first found him guilty of culpable homicide. The Appeal Court overturned that verdict in 2015 and found him guilty of murder. In 2016, he was back in prison serving a six-year jail sentence for murder.

Pistorius always admitted firing the four shots that ended Reeva’s life behind a locked toilet door in his luxury Pretoria East home. Therefore, this trial was never really a ‘whodunnit’. It was always more of a ‘whydunit’. Here, I reveal a different ‘whodunnit’  altogether: