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Paula Mitchell: Imprisonment is Not the Only form of Punishment for Oscar Pistorius

Behind the Door“I wonder what New Year’s Eve was like for Oscar Pistorius, the athlete, now notorious for killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp,” Penny Mitchell writes in a blog post in which she reflects on the information she has gained from reading Behind the Door: The Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp Story by Mandy Wiener and Barry Bateman.

Mitchell says she feels sorry for the imprisoned athlete, “for more than obvious reasons”, and shares why she believes it must be extremely difficult for Pistorius to be without his beloved forms of connectivity as “it is safe to assume that the Blade Runner was fond of, if not semi-dependent upon, social media”.

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I am currently reading Behind the Door by Mandy Wiener and Barry Bateman. The book was recommended to me by a friend who is mentioned in the book and is a high profile pathologist. I have yet to settle the ‘did he mean to kill Reeva?’ question in my own mind.

I feel sorry for Oscar, for more than obvious reasons. Yes, he was sentenced to five years in prison which could technically be reduced to ten months and the balance under house arrest, or extended if the State is successful in appealing. He has lost the love of his life, his career, his property, the respect of many and will live with his conscience until his death. These are some of the sad consequences of Oscar’s crimes.

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