"My compassion as a human being does not allow me to just sit here,"
Just hopped out of bed and am surprised by what I'm reading via the live updates here:
This thing is going to put the OJ Trial to shame in terms of media interest as Oscar's using his disability as a key part of his defense - he was extra vulnerable as he was on his hubs and thought there was an intruder.
Plus Oscar's sobs today were so good at court today - the judge stopped the proceedings.
The Telegraph wrote:
As Mr Pistorius' affadavit was read to the court by his lawyer, he began to sob audibly.
"Reeva and I were deeply in love and I could not have been happier. She felt the same," his statement read.
The lawyer stopped as the judge held up his hand. Every set of eyes in the court turned to Mr Pistorius weeping uncontrollably. "My compassion as a human being does not allow me to just sit here," the magistrate said.
As Mr Pistorius' brother Carl tried to calm him, the magistrate told him he must try to compose himself.
"I know it's difficult," he said. "You can't go back to the police station not understanding what has gone on here today," he said. "Do you understand?"
"Yes your worship," Mr Pistorius gulped.
If anyone understands the "not understanding what has gone on her today" statement, explain it to me as I'm conufsed by that.
Anyway, here is Oscar's version of what happened. He's using his disability as a key part of his defense.
The Telegraph wrote:
On the night in question, Pistorius said that he had a 9mm handgun under the bed – a precaution that he normally took. Waking in the summer heat in the early hours of the morning, he went out to the balcony to get a fan.
The athlete had not attached his prosthetic limbs and was walking on his stumps. Suddenly he "heard a noise in the bathroom". Pistorius knew the bathroom window was open and that ladders were accessible nearby. He thought that intruders had entered the house.
"I screamed words to the effect of for him/her to get out of my house and for Reeva to phone the police," said Pistorius in his statement. "I thought Reeva was in the bed. I felt extremely vulnerable but I knew I had to protect Reeva and myself."
Pistorius then fired four shots through the bathroom door using his handgun. At that moment, he said that he was convinced the unseen target was an intruder. When he returned to the bedroom, he saw his mistake.
"I realised that Reeva was not in the bed," he said. "That's when it dawned on me it must have been Reeva in the toilet."