Oscar Pistorius Murder Trial Presentation + Quiz + Flashcards = 72 Slides
Oscar Pistorius: The handicapped sports superstar killed his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp while she was in his master suite bathroom because he thought an intruder was in there instead. No juries are used in South African murder cases. These results here are what no American jury would ever render as a verdict.

There is a powerpoint presentations on the Oscar Pistorius case. It has its own multiple choice quiz with answer key included. There are 20 Questions Total. There is also a complete set of flashcards which can be used for review, testing and/or class discussion.

The author is a retired lawyer, instructor and textbook author.


A forensic investigation ensued to test his story. There was an enormous amount of blood in and around the toilet. The prosecution’s argument was that Steenkamp fled to the toilet to get away from Pistorius since she locked the door behind her. That’s why he had to use the cricket bat to break it down. The prosecution argued: Although many people close the door when they use the toilet, how many people actually lock it when the only other person there is one's romantic partner?

Why was this alleged intruder in the bathroom? An intruder would want to do one of two things, attack the occupants and/or steal their valuables. Why would an intruder walk into the bathroom to effectuate either of these goals? This intruder would also have had to gain entrance to the second floor bathroom and there were no signs of forced entry. Wouldn't a a reasonable person quickly check for forced entry before firing multiple times? This is the uphill task defense counsel would have before an American judge and jury with this defense. However, in South Africa it is taken seriously as an alternative possibility. Of course, judges are used instead of juries there. Juries are supposed to provide the common sense.
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