Murder trial a sad fall from grace for runner

SOUTH African runner Oscar Pistorius has been making headlines  across the world for the past week, but for all the wrong reasons. 

The blade runner is accused of shooting and killing his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day.

The double-amputee has been charged with premeditated murder. 

Pisorius tearfully denied the allegation in court. 

In a South African court earlier this week he claimed he thought he heard a robber in the bathroom of his home and decided to fire his gun, unaware it was his girlfriend he had just shot. 

Should the court believe him?

Is he genuinely sad for his loss or is he a master manipulator?

One thing that is certain is that this story has rocked the world. 

News agencies from across the globe have been camped outside the South African courthouse, waiting to see what will happen next. 

It was at last year’s London Olympics that Pistorius overcame adversity and became the first amputee runner to compete in the event. 

He became a role model for people around the world who had suffered a disability. 

He was idolised. He offered hope. 

But now, people around the world may be changing their thoughts on Pistorius. 

In my opinion it is both a shocking and sad story. 

A young, innocent woman has been killed and for Pistorius, whether he is guilty or not, his life will never be the same again.

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