The trial of Oscar Pistorius was compelling and captured the attention of the world press. The story of the trial told how Oscar Pistorius shot and killed Reeva Steenkamp. Oscar Pistorius was a “rock star” for athletes with disabilities. He participated in multiple Paralympic Games and the 2012 Summer Olympics. Reeva Steenkamp was a gorgeous model and Pistorius’ girlfriend. Pistorius shot Steenkamp through a locked bathroom door where she had taken refuge. Pistorius fire 4 shots through the bathroom door and killed Steenkamp.
During the trial, Pistorius claimed that he thought that he was shooting an intruder. While he admitted to murdering Pistorius, he claimed that the murder was based on the belief that he was defending himself, and that he did not intend to act unlawful.
Brenda Wardle is a prominent attorney from South Africa who has defended high profile cases. Her education is stellar and includes three law degrees. Her areas of expertise span many significant areas of criminal law such as Criminal Justice Administration, Advanced Constitutional Law and Fundamental Rights and Forensic Medicine, Medical Law, Media Law, Legal Principles of Crimes, and Delicts of the Internet.
She has also penned and published extensively including articles on: Section 100 Interventions by national departments in provinces, on presidential pardons, security clearances prior to the appointment of the National Director Public Prosecutions, Business Day on the State’s case against the current President, Times article on the murder of Eugene Terreblanche, irregularities in the cancellation of parole such as Waterkloof, and the Saturday Star interview concerning medical parole in the case of Eugene De Kock.
Ms. Wardle Esq. was interview by the BBC. Her role is to be a legal analyst in the Pistorius case. According to Ms. Wardle Esq., the world has the opportunity to see how justice unfolds in South Africa. Ms. Wardle Esq. considers this trial of Pistorius to be one of the most important. Pistorius is being tried in the highest court of the nation, the Supreme Court of Appeal. Ms. Wardle Esq. stated that it has been difficult hearing about the event of St. Valentine Day when Pistorius shot through the bathroom door and caused the death of Reeva Steenkamp, and then the long and grueling trial.