Ahead of Oscar Pistorius’s murder trial on Monday, his supporters have released beaming pictures of the athlete and Reeva Steenkamp. Unfortunately, happy couples and abusive couples happen to look a lot alike.
The trial for Oscar Pistorius, the South African Olympic sprinter who is accused of murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, begins on Monday. Pistorius shot Steenkamp through the door while she was in the bathroom. Prosecutors say that he did it on purpose, suggesting that Steenkamp was hiding in the bathroom during a lovers’ tiff. Pistorius claims that he thought an intruder had broken into the house and he shot in haste rather than determining if it was a robber or just his girlfriend who had gotten up in the middle of the night from their shared bed.
A big part of Pistorius’s defense is to portray his relationship with Steenkamp as a loving one and to portray himself as a grieving boyfriend who should be sympathized with instead of excoriated. On the anniversary of her death at his hands, Pistoriuswrote on his website, “No words can adequately capture my feelings about the devastating accident that has caused such heartache for everyone who truly loved—and continues to love Reeva.” A friend of Pistorius’s provided CNN with some photos of the pair in the weeks and months before the shooting. The photos show a canoodling couple. It’s clear that the Pistorius camp hopes the public will look at these photos and conclude that they were happy and in love and believe it’s not possible that he might have been abusing her.