Pistorius returns to Twitter with photos, prayer
(CNN) — Oscar Pistorius returned to Twitter Sunday afternoon — the first time since Valentine’s Day of this year, which marked the one-year anniversary of his girlfriend’s death.
“You have the ability to make a difference in someones (sic) life. Sometimes it’s the simple things you say or do that can make someone feel better or inspire them,” says a quote that appears on top of a collage of photos showing Pistorius helping disabled children.
The double-amputee Olympic sprinter had announced his plans to start a charity for kids with disabilities just two days before he shot and killed Reeva Steenkamp on February 14, 2013.
Pistorius is currently on trial in South Africa for her death. He claims he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder in the early-morning hours and accidentally shot her. Prosecutors, however, allege that the pair was involved in a heated argument before Pistorius intentionally pulled the trigger, ending Steenkamp’s life.
The defense rested its case on July 8. Court is currently on break until August 7, when attorneys are scheduled to present their closing arguments to the judge.
In addition to tweeting out the collage of photos to his 356,000 followers, Pistorius also sent out two additional photos with quotes.
“I understood how a man who has nothing left in this world still may know bliss, be it only for a brief moment, in the contemplation of his beloved,” says one passage he posted from “Man’s Search for Meaning.” It’s a book written by Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist Viktor Frankl, who describes his time spent inside a concentration camp.
The third photo posted to his account is a prayer, which reads: “Lord, today I ask that you bathe those who live in pain in the river of your healing. Amen.”
Before these three tweets, Pistorius’ last message was “a few words from my heart,” along with a link to his website where he reflected on the one-year anniversary of Steenkamp’s death.
“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,” the statement says. “The pain and sadness — especially for Reeva’s parents, family and friends consumes me with sorrow. The loss of Reeva and the complete trauma of that day, I will carry with me for the rest of my life.”
A panel of psychiatrists who evaluated Pistorius’ mental health for a month at the prosecution’s request found that he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, is depressed and is even a suicide risk. They concluded, however, that he was not mentally ill when he shot and killed Steenkamp.
Since there are no juries in South Africa, it will be up to Judge Thokozile Masipa to decide Pistorius’ fate.
If the judge rejects Pistorius’ claim that he was shooting at an intruder, then she could find him guilty of murder and sentence him to a prison term ranging from 15 years to life. There is no death penalty in South Africa.
If the judge accepts that Pistorius did not know that Steenkamp was the person he was shooting at, she could find him guilty of culpable homicide, a lesser charge than murder, or acquit him, according to CNN legal analyst Kelly Phelps. If found guilty of culpable homicide, the sentence would be up to the judge’s discretion.
By Amanda Sloane