Oscar Pistorius Already Sentenced to Life in a Prison

Oscar PistoriusOscar Pistorius has already been sentenced to life in his own personal prison. However, it is only a matter of time before Judge Thokozile Masipa decides if that prison will involve actual bars. Pistorius is facing a life sentence for the 2013 death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. In South Africa a life sentence is 25 years straight time. Judge Masipa is well-known for handing down the toughest, strongest sentences in the criminal courts of South Africa and there is little indication of what side she is leaning in the case of Pistorius.

It is clear that Oscar Pistorius has long-lived a life in his own personal prison for years. Living a life of fear, fear of crime, fear of violence, and fears of his loved ones being victims has long led how he’s lived. South Africa has the highest violent crime rate in the world. Pistorius lives in a high-security gated community flanked by armed guards, brick walls with razor-sharp wire, and a hundred homes armed with state of the art security systems. With all this protection one would consider themselves safe in their own homes, but not Pistorius and for good reason. His neighborhood has faced several armed break-ins, with at least one burglary at Pistorius’ own home. In South Africa citizens are in broad daylight, held at knife-point walking from a grocery store to the car, and beaten in the streets. Crime is a matter of life in South Africa. Pistorius has received his fair share of death threats as many celebrities often do. Yet those new fears only compounded what was in stone for over a decade.

The outward signs of fear in Pistorius has been well-known in the South African community. From his earliest childhood Pistorius’ mother, Sheila, lived in her own fear and kept guns in her home, including one under her pillow as she slept at night. Oscar grew up in that uncertainty and sometimes would be found hiding in cupboards if he was alone and scared. His fears, long ingrained in his life, have only grown as his popularity rose. Oscar never went anywhere without a weapon, and found himself in several public incidents where his firearm was mistakenly discharged. Oscar spent much of his free time at shooting ranges perfecting his target skills. However, Oscar never really felt safe, which is indicative as to what happened that fateful night. He suffered a vulnerability that many cannot comprehend. On his prosthetic legs he is six feet tall, however with his prosthetics removed he stands a mere five feet tall. This lends to a whole new fear that he faced on a daily basis. For the typical citizen who has never understood living a life of such vulnerabilities, what happened Valentine’s night 2012 is hard to comprehend. Yet if one has ever felt such depths of despair, the actions Oscar Pistorius took that night makes a lot more sense. Weapons give people a false sense of security, however the false sense of security he held in his hand that night has taken away the last hope he had of peace. Already sentencing Oscar Pistorius to a life of prison in his own permanent despair.

The prison of fear Oscar has lived in for decades has now completely enveloped him in torment he will never escape. Even if a miracle allows him to keep his freedom he will never escape the pain his fears have manifested. Oscar no longer sleeps at night and hides in his home. He secluded himself from the outside world. He has pulled away from family and any friends he has left. His inward fears have manifested into outward signs that he will never be the same. Pistorius now fears himself and what he is capable of doing, capable of taking a life. The argument in court is that he took a life out of anger, but the truth is he took a life out of an uncontrolled internal fear that a gun just can not fix. There will never be a day that he steps out of bed and doesn’t think of Reeva. There will never be a day that he doesn’t look in the mirror and see someone who took a life. And there may never be a day when Oscar Pistorius’ life sentence will ever free him from his own prison.

Opinion by Kimberly Beller


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25 Responses to "Oscar Pistorius Already Sentenced to Life in a Prison"

  1. jason   September 13, 2014 at 5:01 am

    sadistic and sick fellow deserves not only life but death sentence as-well.in this case it is completely obvious that he intentionally and premeditated the murder of his ex girl friend who was leaving him at that point.

  2. Paula   September 12, 2014 at 5:50 am

    This tragedy/crime….although obviously controversial with a multitude of opinions and speculation, is beyond sad and disturbing. So many lives (besides the beautiful victim herself) have been altered drastically, if not destroyed forever. My hope for those left behind to deal with the horrible consequences is that those deserving of healing, can muster the strength and support to go forward with some feeling of peace…and those deserving of punishment, come to terms with the hard core realities of justice and retribution for our mindless, selfish actions that are rarely forgiven. Moments of insanity remain for eternity…..

  3. Antoinette   August 20, 2014 at 4:49 am

    None of us feel safe BUT do we all walk around with weapons and shoot when feeling

  4. june   July 19, 2014 at 10:11 am

    everyone is concerned about a killer, not of the effect it has caused reeva’s family and friends. he has had a lot of freedom on his bail causing trouble in a night club. broke his bail but not taken into custody? he will get a slap on the wrist a few years in a “safe prison” he couldn’t care less about what he has done. He is just concerned about himself as usual.Whether in “nick” or free I hope someone takes him to task.

  5. Ell   June 19, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Elizabeth BALL, you’re an idiot. And if Reeva was your daughter you’d be singing a different tune. She was ON THE TOILET you fool, then she screamed and he kept shooting. You’re a complete idiot. One day you’ll be shot through your bathroom door and go “Ho hum, it’s ok the shooter is just scared and paranoid”. Idiot.

    • e.h.   September 8, 2014 at 1:05 pm

      Well said Ell.

  6. Catherine   June 16, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    Oh boohoo, poor Oscar. He is completely the author of his own misfortune. I have no sympathy for him whatsoever. His state of mind, whatever the cause, meant Reeva lived in fear as well, until he shot her dead. At least he lives to tell his tale of woe. I hope he does think of her every day for the rest of his life, especially whilst he’s locked up in prison where he belongs. However, he’ll no doubt instead just continue to feel sorry for himself, which seems to be his modus operandi.

  7. ps7603   June 16, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    Put Oscar away for life and he will be safe and the rest of the world will be safe from him.
    Seems pretty simple to me.

  8. Sarah Packman   June 5, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    I lived in South Africa for 12 years – Johannesburg I.e. Murder capital – a woman, on her own – and I managed not to kill anyone. Yes, people live with a certain amount of fear over there but we don’t all carry guns as Ms Ignorant suggests in the article. It’s a normal society with disabled, the old and infirm, the single mothers – all vulnerable – and I’m a tad insulted that Ms I suggests that we all resorted to violence like helpless victims of the environment. This article is pure crap written by a bleeding heart Brit who hasn’t a clue about conditions in South Africa. SA is a small place with just 2 degrees of separation between most people, and long before he murdered Reeva, Oscar had a reputation as spoilt, entitled, arrogant and aggressive – there are lots of people with disabilities who are well balanced, and to suggest that disability is an excuse for murdering is simply insulting! Oscar Pistorius MURDERED that girl, thought about trying to get rid of the body, realised that he wouldn’t be able to do it unseen, and then cultivated a victim’ persona to try and evade justice. I bet you can tell I feel quite strongly that they should lock him up and throw away the key. Oh, and I hate to break it to the previous commenter, but God doesn’t exist (neither does Santa Claus – sorry) and so WE have to protect society from violent criminals and spoilt brats.

  9. Carol Dixon   May 19, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    I agree entirely with the commentés by the narrator kimberley beller. I worked with various people and children within social work. I was Also à. Counsellor. People have painted op black/évite. He s not à murdeter. He was à handicapped adult in a living in a violent south Africa. He could not run away from danger. No legs at night. So his only security was à gun .anyone else in his position. Would c that as.his protection. He made a big mistake

  10. truthspeaker   May 15, 2014 at 8:26 am

    what a douche bag shoots women though walls

  11. WIAN ARRIES   May 6, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    let GOD be the judge……and let justice be done…….the truth will set you free OSCAR….gud luk…may GOD be the judge..who are we to judge and critisise and decide what is wron and right,coz we also do bad things and we dnt wana be judged,so leave oscar alone he is already going thru a hrd time

    • Elizabeth Marshall   June 5, 2014 at 7:48 pm

      There’s no god, so he has to be judged here on earth.

  12. Bruce Varcoe   May 6, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Elizabeth BALL clearly does not understand human nature. It is possible to have an intent to kill someone in the heat of the moment or in a fit of rage yet be “destroyed by what happened” immediately thereafter.

  13. Gail grimett   April 21, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    I think oscar is an egotistic braggart,who thought our South African laws aren’t good enough to hold its “golden “boy responsible for his reckless and idiotic way of treating people.He did kill Reeva,or anybody else who might have been in the loo,so must pay the price.We all have a fear of crime,but no reasonable,sane person would just shoot without thinking about the consequences.was he ever evaluated by a psychiatrist?why do you carry a loaded gun around?something very wrong.

  14. stephen porter   April 15, 2014 at 11:42 am

    The only reasonable and believable conclusion to his girlfriend being found shot dead in the toilet of his home – is that Oscar Pistorius had a heated arguement with her and as she fled to the toilet with her phone in hand, and locked the door as she told him she was intending to get help, he then fired four shots into the door where she stood, until her screams, fell silent. Then went berserk upon realising what he had done. Murder and a life sentence awaits, the Judge can only draw one conclusion to the evidence before her. Claire Voyant ..

  15. Peter Kay   April 12, 2014 at 5:29 am

    This is a real tragedy. The Parents/family of The girl must be devastated.They will never get the peace or the satisfaction whatever happens.. His Family will also suffer the consequences of his careless and stupid actions.. He will live with it for the rest of his life…But he will live…She is gone forever..There is no good or satisfactory ending.. Sadly South Africa has far too much violence and violent crime…Those who say they do not worry or think about it are mad…

  16. Elizabeth Ball   April 11, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    This is the most sensible and logical article I have read about this horribly tragic case. It’s beyond me that anyone can believe from the evidence that this guy killed his girlfriend on purpose. He is clearly destroyed by what happened and the writer is right he will never be free whatever happens. This prosecutor is a disgrace and is the one grooming his ego and career at someone else’s expense. It will be a good day when this circus of a trial us over.

  17. david   April 10, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    This article is the biggest rubbish ever , I suspect Kimberley(the writer) is either paid by Oscar, sleeping with him or plain stupid. The man is guilty and shot someone innocent , he is self obsessed and has had many incidents in the past that have shown that.

  18. grant   April 10, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    Personally, I think we’ll see Pistorius end up with 8 to 12 years in gaol with the charge scaled back to involuntary manslaughter.. Unfortunately, the police/prosecution bungled the initial investigation with a lot of primary evidence becoming tainted and therefore inadmissible in court, so that the whole trial will almost become a he said/they said affair with the magistrate making the decision as to who is more credible. What puzzles me is that for a guy who has spent so much time around guns, he has an almost unbelievable amount of negligent discharges, (the one in the restaurant would lose his licence in Australia as well as getting charged by police), which makes me wonder why he was allowed to continue holding weapons.. I don’t think we’ll ever really know what happened that night, but I do believe he will get time for it, just not the amount some people might be anticipating.. Elizabeth Marshall makes a valid point; if you can’t identify your target, don’t pull the trigger.

  19. David   April 10, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    This article is the least impartial news article I have read in years. Considering the sources used, one would wonder how you came up with this rubbish. Biased and incorrect.

  20. jamieb22   April 10, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    I live in Johannesburg. I don’t live in fear and have never felt the need to carry a gun. Pistorius’es ills have little do with the society he lives in and everything to do with an inability to exercise self-control in the heat of the moment. Its simply bad decision making on his part.

  21. Robin   April 10, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Biased article wow!

  22. Elizabeth Marshall   April 10, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    Don’t blame society for this individual’s wrongdoing. He killed a person. First rule of firearms use—identify your target. His actions in court are pathetic, and done to gain public sympathy.

  23. Rick   April 10, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Well said. It’s so sad to see the court of public opinion on articles about this situation. People who post have a serious blood – lust, and media attention is so biased.
    Thank you for shining the light on facts surrounding his life. I’ve often thought that the real blame belongs to the society in which they lived.


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