Oscar Pistorius is about to get his day in court and it looks like it won’t be an easy one. Pistorius is accused of killing his model girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Reeva was shot to death in 2013 on Valentines Day.
She had only been dating Pistorius for three months, but it is rumored that the relationship had turned abusive fairly quickly.
Reeva was found dead in Pistorius’s home on February 14, 2013 and although Pistorius admitted to shooting her, he claimed that he did it because he thought she was an intruder.
He will go back to trial on September 11, and the judge in charge of delivering the verdict is rumored to be a harsh one. Thokozile Matilda Masipa has been the judge in many domestic violence cases and has never had much sympathy for the alleged abusers.
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“She’s very clever, very professional. She comes from a human rights background, so that’s the point – you must allow people to feel like they’ve had their day in court, to feel as if they’ve been heard,” Susan Abro, a senior attorney who served with Masipa on the electoral court for six years, told ABC News.
She once sentenced a house robber who raped three women to 252 years in prison, and handed a life sentence to a police officer who killed his wife during an argument about their divorce settlement.
If Pistorius is convicted of premeditated murder, she could sentence him to at least 25 years in prison.
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As serious as Masipa is about domestic violence, she also has a background in human rights and insists that everyone be given a fair trial.
The family of Pistorius said that they feel like Oscar will be treated fairly and has been given a chance to share his side of the story.
“As a family, we are confident by the thoroughness and detail of this judgment and Judge Masipa’s commitment using every avenue to ensure a fair trial,” Pistorius’ uncle Arnold Pistorius said.
While Oscar and his family prepared for the trial this week, friends and family members of Reeva Steenkamp took the time to remember her and say that they hope justice is served.