Oscar Pistorius Breaks Silence With Three TweetsBy: Erika Watts - July 13, 2014
Just days after the Oscar Pistorius murder trial was adjourned, the Olympian broke his silence on Twitter. Ever since being charged with the murder of his girlfriend back in February 2013, with the exception of a single tweet, the South African runner has remained silent on the popular social media outlet.
Pistorius, who has been out on bail, admitted to shooting and killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his home in Pretoria, South Africa on February 14, 2013, but maintains that the shooting was accidental. Pistorius says that he thought Steenkamp was an intruder, which is why he says he shot her through his bathroom door. Following some inaccuracies with Pistorius’s account of what happened, the runner was charged with premeditated murder, and the trial began earlier this year.
The last tweet Oscar Pistorius made following the death of Steenkamp sent followers to his personal website where he made a statement about the incident:
No words can adequately capture my feelings about the devastating accident that has caused such heartache for everyone who truly loved – and continues to love Reeva.
The pain and sadness – especially for Reeva’s parents, family and friends consumes me with sorrow.
The loss of Reeva and the complete trauma of that day, I will carry with me for the rest of my life.
Now that the trial is nearing its end, Pistorius has returned to Twitter by posting a photo collage of himself with amputated youths and the caption “You have the ability to make a difference in someone’s life. Sometimes it’s the simple things you say or do that make someone feel better or inspire them.” Pistorius also posted a quote from a psychiatrist as well as a Psalm.
Check out Pistorius’s tweets below.
Oscar Pistorius’s trial will wrap up starting August 7, when the lawyers give their final arguments. If Pistorius is found guilty of premeditated murder, he could face life in prison.
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