“I Thought She Was An Intruder… I Fired Shots” Read Oscar Pistorius’s Account of the Night he Shot his Girlfriend Dead

Today in a South African Court, Paralympics and Olympics athlete, Oscar Pistorius gave an account of the events that led to the murder of his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine’s Day.

Here is the reported text of his affidavit read in the Court as he sought bail after being accused of murdering his girlfriend as reported by CNN.

I am an adult male, SA (South African) citizen and applicant in this application and seek to be released on bail. I make this affidavit of my own free will and have not been influenced. Contents is true and correct.

I fail to understand how I could be charged with murder, let alone premeditated murder because I had no intention to kill my girlfriend. I have been informed I have been accused of murder – I deny the accusation. Nothing can be further from the truth that I planned the murder of my girlfriend. I have no intention to relocate as I love my country.

I earn R5.6 million ($636,000) a year. I’ve never been convicted of crimes. I deny that I committed murder in the strongest point. Even though I don’t have to, I want to deal with these allegations.

Reeva had bought me a present for Valentine’s Day. We were deeply in love. We were deeply in love and couldn’t be happier. I loved her and I know she felt the same way. On 13 Feb Reeva would have gone out with her friends, me with mine. She wanted to stay at home. I was watching TV. My legs were off. She was doing yoga. At the end of the evening we got into bed. I’m acutely aware of people gaining entries to homes to commit crime, I’ve received death threats. I sleep with my 9mm (gun) under my bed. I woke up to close the sliding door and heard a noise in the bathroom.

I was scared and didn’t switch on the light. I got my gun and moved towards the bathroom. I screamed at the intruder because I did not have my legs on I felt vulnerable. I fired shots through the bathroom door and told Reeva to call police. I walked back to the bed and realized Reeva was not in bed. It’s then it dawned on me it could be her in there. I kicked the door open. Called paramedics and complex security. I tried to carry her down stairs for help. I tried to help her but she died in my arms. I am mortified.

With the benefit of hindsight I realize that Reeva went to the bathroom when I went to close the balcony door. I trust the South African legal system and the facts will show that I did not murder Reeva. I believe the forensic evidence will prove what I am saying. I used a cricket bat to break open toilet door. I am an international sports star, I will not evade my trial.

After the shooting I did not flee the scene. I remained until the police arrived. I don’t know of any witnesses in this matter, and I won’t interfere with any witnesses. My continued incarceration will be of “no benefit” to the state. Release would not disturb the public order.

However, in response to this, Prosecutor Gerrie Nel told the court that Pistorius shot the 29-year-old model four times through the bathroom door of his home and painted a picture of premeditated killing – a crime that carries a life sentence in South Africa.

Daily Mail reports that he told the court that Miss Steenkamp went into the bathroom after the couple had been arguing.

“The applicant armed himself, attached his prosthesis, walked seven metres to the bathroom and shot the deceased while she was in the toilet. He shot four times. There’s no possible explanation to support his report that he thought it was a burglar.

“If I arm myself, walk a distance and murder a person, that is premeditated. The door is closed. There is no doubt. I walk seven metres and I kill.

“The motive is ‘I want to kill’. That’s it’. ‘This deceased was in a 1.4 by 1.14 metre little room. She could go nowhere. It was all part of the preplanning. Why would a burglar lock himself inside the bathroom?

“She locked that door for a purpose. We’ll get to that purpose. That is where she was when those shots were fired. She couldn’t go anywhere. It must have been horrific.”

The Funeral for Miss Steenkamp was held today in Port Elizabeth. May her soul Rest In Peace.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

59 Comments on “I Thought She Was An Intruder… I Fired Shots” Read Oscar Pistorius’s Account of the Night he Shot his Girlfriend Dead
  • temi February 19, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    boy,i no believe this guys kobo,there is more to this story

  • Sexxie February 19, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    His version does’t add up. RIP Reeva.

  • her February 19, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    I can’t make my mind up about this at all, either way she must have be so frightened.
    RIP Reeva

  • konnie February 19, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Who is he telling this stupid story? Anyway, he is facing the natural consequences of his behavior. Nothing to say here

  • Retrochic February 19, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    am shivering, some scary sh*t

  • just me February 19, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    why would she lock the door? there is certainly something you are not telling Us Oscar

  • ao February 19, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    I’m not saying that his story is impossible, it just sounds highly improbable. RIP to the deceased.

  • jess luv February 19, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    E hard o!

  • lois February 19, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    Heys Mr Pretorius *in yoruba accent*, I hope and pray this obvious lies won’t get you an acquitance. And if it does, Reeva’s spirit will haunt you till the end of your miserable life. How on earth will you upon hearing sounds from the bathroom, pick up a gun and shoot without verifying if it was your girlfriend who spent the night, sleeping on the same bed with you? Haba! Like Sexxi said your version don’t add up Mr.

  • Godswill February 19, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    This guy’s story has a very BIG K leg. Why should the lady lockherself up inside the bathroom in the first place?.

  • nnenne February 19, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    not only was her murder premeditated, this his story is premeditated!!! you didn’t alert your girlfriend immediately you heard the noise, it was after you shot that you noticed she wasn’t in bed. you had to shoot not 1 or 2 but 4times. assuming your story is anything to go by, i’m pretty sure your girlfriend must have screamed to let you know she’s the one and not an intruder after the 1st shot and if murder was not the intention, you would have stopped at that. its unfortunate that she is dead hence what actually transpired that day might never be known. such a sad story.#sighs#

    • LawFolk February 20, 2013 at 1:54 am

      Same thing my sister and I said. After one shot and her screams he would have stopped if it was indeed an accident. But he fired three more shots. Dear Oscar…

  • nnenne February 19, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    *is also*

  • chaos February 19, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Yes! there must have been a reason why she locked the door! …. RIP Reeva

  • nnenne February 19, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    not only was her murder premeditated, this his story is also premeditated!!! you didn’t alert your girlfriend immediately you heard the noise, it was after you shot that you noticed she wasn’t in bed. you had to shoot not 1 or 2 but 4times. assuming your story is anything to go by, i’m pretty sure your girlfriend must have screamed to let you know she’s the one and not an intruder after the 1st shot and if murder was not the intention, you would have stopped at that. its unfortunate that she is dead hence what actually transpired that day might never be known. such a sad story.#sighs#

  • GreenDiamond February 19, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    After reading james pattarson book i became a softy on murder cases urrgg..but really thou if she was beside u.. he would ve known now common, how can u say it after shooting 4 times u realised 4!! 4!! roro now..it is well only God was der.. RIP Reeva

  • Gorgeous February 19, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Domestic abuse always escalates. You shot her like a man, deal with it like a man.

  • Ben February 19, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    let God be the Judge of all, sooner or later the truth will come up…………Armstrong hid his for how longggg????…..

  • dontmention February 19, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    May God see u tru as u cont lying to us n may n He grant Reeva’s family peace n console dem.

  • Partyrider February 19, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    Truly his story has comma..
    Firstly I think checking on the person you went to bed with should be the first thing if and when you hear noise in the room.
    He fired 4 shots.if the first one hit her she definitely would scream and then he would stop shooting abi? But he shot 4 times and its not like he was using an AK 47 .so she must have cried out at the first shot or even the second..

    And really I think it’s almost Impossible to go back to bed and not realise your partner isn’t there even in a dark room.so if she went to the bathroom when you went to close the balcony door,when you came back you must have realised she wasn’t in bed..

    Anyway I’m not a CSI ..I just hope justice is served .

    • rexyyy February 20, 2013 at 9:12 am

      exactly my point. if he heard strange movements. he is supposed to ask if it was his girlfriend. nit take a gun and start shooting…

  • mikey February 19, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    U ar a pig for sayin dat u can’t getaway with this man u must face the consequence

  • CSI Jumoke February 19, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    This his account of events, reads like a Nollywood movie.
    He is aware of people trying to gain entry into his home, yet he left the balcony open, so he woke up in the middle of the night to close it. Someone who sleeps with a gun under his pillow leaves the balcony door open. Yeah right. STRIKE 1.
    STRIKE 2 – He screamed at the intruder. Oh my goodness, the bathroom must be sound proof. How do you explain that you heard a noise in the bathroom yet you did not hear someone respond to your screaming. You are not alone at home, who is the likely obvious person you should think of, before you go Texas Cowboy on the bathroom door.
    STRIKE 3 – Okay, okay, benefit of the doubt, you didn’t check that Reeva was still in bed, but after screaming at the intruder, you were not surprised to find that Reeva didn’t wake up and ask Oscar what’s wrong. Shu, was she knocked out with horse strength tranqulizers?
    STRIKE 4 – So you shouted at the intruder, after that shouting, which you must have done more than once Reeva didn’t wake up. Ok fair enough, she must be a very deep sleeper. Eyes rolling
    STRIKE 5 – Reeva that didn’t hear you when you screamed at the intruder, so how would she have heard you say Reeva call the police? Ok, according to your affidavit, this was after you fired four shots. So, bros, while you were firing the shots, if you said she was in bed, since you walked back to the bed and realised she wasn’t there. You mean she didn’t wake up and scream while the shots were fired? Ngwanu, I know you are a millionaire, but is your bedroom as big as a stadium that shots will not wake someone up, but you expect that shouting Reeva call the police will wake the person. Shu, was she stoned out of her head on crack. Okay okay she may have slipped out of bed to make tea in the kitchen abi. You fire shots and tell someone to call the police, IF THE PERSON IS BESIDE YOU WHILE YOU ARE SHOOTING.
    STRIKE 6 – The bathroom door was closed, please can anyone tell me of a woman who will wake up in the middle of the night in her boyfriend’s house to go pee and lock the bathroom door. A man you are sleeping with, who does that? Has she ever locked the bathroom door before? Okay okay, if she has, won’t you have guessed she was the one inside before you fired shots. Women do go into the bathroom and lock the door if they are upset with you and she just wants space to breathe or cry in the middle of an argument, not in the middle of the night to go pee.
    STRIKE 6 – Your girlfriend is with you at home, you said you said you got into bed in the evening, you heard an intruder in your house, shouldn’t the first thing you do is shake your girlfriend right beside you? Honey, wake up, I think there’s someone in the house. Like seriously, that alone is a punishable offence. You wanted to act macho or what, or you are related to Bruce Willis or Arnold Schwarzeneger? You are without your legs, and you felt vulnerable, yet your girlfriend sleeping beside you is able bodied, she must know you keep a gun under the pillow, and you couldn’t think she may be able to help, while you put your blades on. I want to bitch slap this man.
    STRIKE 6 – So it is after your display of machoness that you realised, it is possible, it is her in there, then you kicked the door open, with what legs? Phantom (insert Nollwood). So, you went back to put on your blades, and used a cricket bat to break down the door. Confused.com
    So wait, Oscar, at what point did you attach your blades, you mean you crawled on your stumps, while you were shouting at the intruder, and firing? Reeva is a tall model, bullets hit her in the hip, and head. No way in hell an amputee can hit her that high in the body, UNLESS HE HAD HIS BLADES ON TO MAKE HIM UPRIGHT.
    After shooting you did not flee the scene, oti, you should have hired a private jet to pick you up. Is that supposed to be an admission of innocence? Your continued incarceration, is not of benefit to the state, you love your country. The nerve on this man. A woman just died through your actions, and you don’t think you deserve to be in jail. Why would a burglar lock a bathroom door, to steal what? If they gained access through the bathroom window, the minute they heard you shouting, knowing you probably didn’t have your legs on, as you hadn’t advanced towards the door, wouldn’t they just crawl back out through the window. You live in one of the most secure homes in SA, you have received death threats, your security would have been mega tight, so a burglar will brave all that, and head for your bathroom. In other sites, he said there was construction going on, and there were ladders against the house, and the bathroom window had no bars, so he thought the intruder came in through there. Yet YOU LEFT THE BALCONY DOOR OPEN.
    Please someone tell me if I watch too much CSI, because he should fire his legal team if they agreed for him to write this down. This guy needs to resurrect Robert Kardashian and Johnnie Cochran (OJ Simpson’s lawyers). If Robert had a string influence on his kids, of one of them could have been a fine lawyer by now.
    BN, please post my comment, I know it is long, but your readers are one of the most intelligent group of people I’ve ever “met” . We need to discuss.

    • dede February 20, 2013 at 12:40 am

      Real CSI Jumoke….Are you a liar. After reading your I’m beginning to see some holes in his story. He kicked the toilet doors open and then he used a bat to open the door. Which is it. I really wanted to believe the dude. It still doesn’t make sense. This is why guns should be ban. Owning a gun makes you do the craziest shits. If your girlfriend pisses you off, break up with her, kick her out at night but for the love of God don’t kill her

      • dede February 20, 2013 at 12:40 am

        I meant lawyer @CSI Jumoke

    • jmayaki February 20, 2013 at 1:44 am

      i agree ooooo. makes perfect sense. you need to be consulted by SA police o

    • Sodopeinit February 20, 2013 at 2:37 am

      LMFAO csi jumoke may God continue to bless u my dear, u said it all! Asked all the right questions and made some correct analysis . Oti oh, this guys story get as he be. May she rip. fine girl, very sad indeed.

    • Ndidi February 20, 2013 at 2:40 am

      CSI Jumoke, you are awesome. Best analysis yet and I have been following BBC, CNN, ABC, NBC, Huffington Post, etc, etc. I’m a lawyer and find your analysis better than so call experts on TV.

    • Partyrider February 20, 2013 at 9:08 am

      Lmao..CSI well done!!

    • Jelly February 20, 2013 at 9:10 am

      oh God will bless u CSI Jumoke! all strikes on point ….

    • vanessa February 20, 2013 at 9:57 am

      lmao ,seriously i you a lawyer.ist too much csi but ur account is so on point.if you present this in court oscar would go to jail.lol

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  • iamfascinating February 19, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    so sad.

  • omada February 19, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    this story has too many holes.
    1) you opened fire and shot 4 times, the person you were shooting at in such a small bathroom didn’t make a single sound?
    2) if you entered the room and heard a noise in the bathroom and you believed it was a burglar, shouldn’t you have checked to make sure your girlfriend whom you thought was asleep in the bed was okay?
    3) you shot 4 times. your girlfriend didn’t move from the bed or wake up to ask you what was going on at all? was she such a heavy sleeper?

  • Xavier February 19, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    This is really tragic…if Oscar is really innocent may he be vindicated,may reeva’s soul RIP

  • Chum chum February 19, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Super story rip Girl!

  • alache February 19, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    This is really sad, RIP Reeeva, he will be punished For what he has done to you.

  • Glam February 19, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    Absolute balderdash! So how does he explain the bloodied bart? His tales are just so loopy. RIP Reeva! Hope she gets justice.


  • sedkt February 20, 2013 at 12:33 am

    Seriously guys, just imagine the scenario………….now deep breath. Youare in bed bed with your darling beloved and you have a very strong feeliing that there is an intruder in the house. ( please take another deep breath). First things first, you would shake the person sleeping besides you( since they have only been dating since november and were madly in love, they must have been intertwined like…..)then say some thing like: “Hey sweetheart wake up! wake up!! did you hear that,sssshhh……quiet I think you need to hide, let me go and investigate that sound…….ssssshhhh.”….I think some one is in the bathroom call the cops!! hide!!!

  • cynthia ikemefuna February 20, 2013 at 1:21 am

    who do you think you are talking to,before any thing you have to check who you are sleeping with any way u have to face the music

  • pt February 20, 2013 at 2:52 am

    Thank God this guy is not a Nigerian. Even the ignorants among us claims to be experts in everything. Let the guy have his day in court. That’s how things works in civilized society.

  • mary February 20, 2013 at 3:09 am

    O.J Simpson!!!

  • papa February 20, 2013 at 5:13 am

    Tufiakwa! Nigerians can pass judgement. God forbid. I bind and cast the spirit of passing judgement in me.

  • papa February 20, 2013 at 5:22 am

    He might be guilty, but at the same time life can be stranger than fiction. I sure say we all get experiences wey dey hard to believe. This might be one of those, with a tragic end.

  • funmi February 20, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Iwant to see how this story will end. Thank God it is not Nigeria where there is no justice

  • Yets February 20, 2013 at 8:53 am

    A very tragic situation for all involved. Truth is sometimes stranger than fiction. Let Oscar have his day in court. Rest in peace Reeva. May God give your loved ones strength.

  • joy February 20, 2013 at 9:28 am

    @CSI Jumoke, well done for your beautiful analysis. You have said it all. I want to puncture a point he made. He said he woke up and while closing the balcony doors, he heard a sound in the bathroom and that is why he shot at the bathroom door, thinking it was a burglar. Now at what point did he collect his gun which he supposedly kepy UNDER HIS BED? when he went to get the gun, did he not notice that his girlfriend was not on the bed? he cannot say that the room was pitch black, so he couldnt see. if that was the case, how did he make his way to the balcony doors?
    this guy is really hilarious and a clown for thinking that he can fool people into believing his stupid story.
    This is really a lesson to all ladies. If you are with a guy who is paranoid and surrounds himself with weapons, be careful cos one day he will use it on you and blame it on the devil. Even if he is convicted of murder, at the end of the day, the lady is already gone. its a really sad state we find ourselves in.

  • Inebaby February 20, 2013 at 10:04 am

    After going through CSI Jumoke’s analysis, I rest my case! Cos she has said it all! Well done dear. Reeva, may your soul RIP! Amen…

  • Bumsylee February 20, 2013 at 10:25 am

    CSI Jumoke, I am with you 100%. Really love your analysis of the case scenario.
    You must have been watching too much CSI. Keep it up girl.
    Are you a criminal lawyer? Its another possibility you know.

  • CSI Jumoke February 20, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Hello my beautiful intelligent BellA Naijarians. Unfortunately I’m not a criminal lawyer, but I watch too much CSI and lawyer TV shows. This gal works as a Systems Analyst. I had read too many supposed “facts” on news sites, so I was waiting for Oscar’s affidavit, to prove them wrong, only to read the hogwash that he wrote, and my overactive brain kicked into overdrive. This guy is guiltier than sin, if such a phrase exists. Anyone who watched the 2012 Games saw his legendary temper and pettiness. There are reports Reeva received a message on her Ipad, from another man, a gorgeous sexy athlete, and I guess Oscar got jealous and an argument ensued, and the poor girl ran into the bathroom and locked the door to protect herself. Gosh if that was true, considering how small that bathroom was, she didn’t stand a chance at all. I can’t even begin to imagine how scared she must have been. She was basically trapped. Her fate was sealed the minute she entered that bathroom. Considering I also do that, when I’m upset, hide bathroom for a while to compose myself, omo I won’t do that again o. A tiny room, only one exit, nowhere to go, well except of the bathroom has a window, I can escape through, I’m not trying that again. Lol

    • Annie February 20, 2013 at 11:21 am

      Woow, this babe you should be a criminal consultant..omo i love ur analysis..the CSI u watch did a good number on u but then ome, u would easily suspect and analyse people’s actions and motives…very intelligent analysis..thumbs up

      • CSI Jumoke February 20, 2013 at 1:54 pm

        LOL. Unfortunately, you are correct. Its a bad habit of mine, cos I kinda do that a lot. My friends call me human lie detector. I probably won’t have developed this habit, if people didn’t lie a lot, and pretend to do one thing, only when they mean another. I’m trying to adopt the “everyone is good, always believe the best in people attitude” its bloody hard, and if I don’t want to develop high BP in my young age, I should just learn to take people’s word for it sometimes. Everybody lies, just learn to ignore, unless they are stealing from you, or cheating on you. I’m a suspicious someborry. I should watch less CSI, and read less murder mysteries and give M and B books a chance. Lol. I’m glan bn readers also agree his story doesn’t make any sense. Happy to read some intelligence on here

    • Modele February 20, 2013 at 8:26 pm

      CSI OR CSA Jumoke, I respect you intelligence and analysis, howver I did not see the temper at London 2012 but the zeal and the passion, using, his story might not seem propable, but very possible. Please give him that benefit of doubt, and wait till he is proven guilty. I do not understand why anyone would want to shoot dead their own girlfriend in their own house. It is a difficult one.

  • Debs February 20, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Well @ CSI Jumoke I am guessing the guy was on drugs/Steriods of some kind….wanted to do something kinky with his babe for Vals or they got into a heated argument. She goes to the bathroom & locks herself in there. He was vunerable and angry and shoots her. After which he realized his mistakes. I am following this case on a daily basis and would like to see how it unfolds. RIP Reeva..such a beautiful girl.

  • jay February 20, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    Things are really happening oh,i was almost a victim of this kind of shit. I woke up and saw him with a knife about to stab me and he said yes,he wanted to do that and just creep out quietly into the night and to say he threatened me with the knife from about 1 am till 5am,some peoples heads need to be checked. Pls gals,if u notice someone gets excessively jealous or angry just run away. Your life is precious. When i look back,i know he kept me alive for a purpose.

  • BubblyBliss February 20, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    Intruder and your first instinct wasn’t to check on your loved one sleeping beside you? And oga, which one is it, kicked the door open or broke the door down with a bat? If you kicked it, you must have used imaginary legs as you said you weren’t wearing your prosthetic legs and felt vulnerable. The evidence will speak for the deceased as you took her breath away, literally. And if you’re an innocent man like you say, God will fight for you. Innocent until proven guilty, afterall.

  • dede February 20, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Erm BellaNaija, I have been watching CNN and the affidavit Oscar released does not tally with what you have published on the website.

  • Marie Pappas February 22, 2013 at 4:32 am

    Thoughts of what really happened. Horrible fight middle of night. She was really frightened. Saw a really scary person. Put on her shorts and top (was found with them on) wanted to run, he grabbed the gun and shot her in the hip or hand, she was trapped ,ran to bathroom, locked door, he was crazed, realized he had to kill her now. Shot the other 3 shots and then had to make sure he got her, broke door down.. Everything after was staged . She didn’t have a chance.

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