The trail of a South African athlete Oscar Pistorius commenced in March 2014 at the High Court in Pretoria. Oscar was charged with the murder of his lover Steenkamp, but the High Court Judge found him guilty of homicide and reckless use of a firearm at a public place. He was sentenced in October 2014, where he received five years in prison for culpable manslaughter, and another three years suspended prison term for using his firearm in a reckless manner.
The alleged crime committed by Oscar Pistorius happened on 14th Feb 2013. He shot and killed her girlfriend at his home in Pretoria, but according to his evidence he mistook her for an intruder who had invaded his home. He was arrested the same day and charged with murder at a court in Pretoria the following day. The bail hearing began on 19th Feb 2013, and both the prosecution and defense lawyers agreed that the accused had fired four shots through the toilet door, and his girlfriend was inside. Pistorius argued that he thought his lover was in bed, and he was shooting an intruder.
After Pistorius was sentenced, the prosecution confirmed to appeal against the sentence and the verdict. In December 2014, Judge Masipa allowed the prosecution to appeal against acquittal of murder charges and not the five year sentence. In August 2015, it was recommended that Oscar should be released from prison and serve the remaining term under house arrest. This decision was made after Pistorius was not regarded a danger to the society as well as his good behavior.
An overview of Brenda Wardle
Breda Wardle is a legal expert from South Africa who has also participated in the trail of Oscar Pistorius. She has three major degrees in law including a Masters of Laws. Wardle is recognized across the globe for legal analysis and expertise she has been providing. She was invited on several occasions during the trail of Pistorius, at his placement and also the appeal.
Brenda Wardle has published many law journals and newspaper articles, covering major trails that have taken place in South Africa and also the entire world. Additionally, she has written 12 manuals that focus on Contract Management Framework for public sector in the Republic of South Africa.