(PRETORIA) – On Thursday, the murder proceedings of Oscar Pistorius, a Paralympic athlete, continued in the North Gauteng High Court.
Last year, Pistorius shot and murdered his girlfriend, Reeva Rebecca Steenkamp, via the locked locked toilet door of his home in Pretoria on Valentine’s Day. He asserted to have mistaken her for a trespasser. Steenkamp was a South African model, paralegal, and reality television star, and had been dating Pistorius since November 2012.
On Wednesday, Wayne Derman, a sports professor at University of Cape Town briefed the court that the decision of Pistorius to face possible danger instead of escaping from the scene was completely a reflex action.
He said, “A reflex is something you don’t have control over.” While arguing, Derman, who had been with Pistorius for around six years, said that the sprint runner was hyper-vigilant. Describing hyper-vigilance, he said, “restless looking around and a constant scanning of potential threats.”
He further said that Pistorius was a nervous person who had a sleep disorder and hand tremors, for which he sought medication.
According to Derman, during the opening and closing ceremonies of sports mega events such as Olympics, Pistorius would probably have magnified, startled reactions to the fireworks.
Furthermore, Pistorius would hide his ears and head and tremble until the noise finished.