The murder trial of Paralympian Oscar Pistorius has made headlines and seems destined for a Hollywood movie. The real life trial of Pistorius is now under intense scrutiny due to the leaking of a sensitive video showing Pistorius re-enacting the murder of his girlfriend. Australian TV has aired the leaked video of Pistorius re-enacting the killing of his girlfriend reported The Hollywood Reporter on July 7, 2014.
The lawyer for the Paralympian has accused Australia's Seven Network of illegally obtaining the footage. This video was prepared for the defense, but it was not used in the trial. However, the Australian network has defended airing the exclusive footage which it obtained of Olympian and double amputee, Pistorius, re-enacting the shooting of model Reeva Steenkamp and his actions in the minutes just following the Valentine’s Day incident in 2013.
U.S. based forensic animation experts, the Evidence Room, prepared the footage for the Pistorius defense team. The footage was aired by Seven’s Sunday Night current affairs program. However, this controversial video has not been used in court. At this time Pistorius is on trial in South Africa for the pre-meditated murder of Steenkamp.
The lawyer for Pistorius, Brian Webber, says the footage had been obtained illegally. Some legal experts have also commented on this case saying the leaked video could cause a mistrial. Webber said the airing of the video on TV was a breach of the non-disclosure agreement with the Evidence Room. Webber claims channel Seven purchased this footage unlawfully and that the broadcaster had agreed not to air the video until the end of the trial. Sunday Night executive producer Mark Llewellyn has said the video would not have been shown if the channel had any reason to believe it was obtained unlawfully.
The family of Pistorius has condemned what they see as a staggering breach of trust in the aftermath of the broadcast of the secret video which shows the Paralympian re-enacting the events the night he shot and killed his girlfriend Steenkamp reports The Guardian. In the footage Pistorius is seen running awkwardly without his prosthetic limbs with his right arm outstretched as he pretends to hold a gun. Pistorius denies the murder charge saying he mistook his 29 year old model and law graduate girlfriend as a burglar.
A report on Channel Seven's website has said this leaked video has convinced leading US forensic investigator Scott Roder that Pistorius's story is actually true. Roder says the physical evidence is consistent and if you look at the evidence Pistorius is clearly not guilty. Now it will have to be seen if the judge presiding at the trial has anything to say about the matter of the leaked video.