Thursday 14 February 2013

Pistorius determined to be tried as an able-bodied murder suspect


South African paralympian star Oscar Pistorius has spoken of his determination to be treated like an able bodied murder suspect after his arrest for allegedly shooting his girlfriend.

As a leading campaigner for equal rights for disabled athletes, Pistorius is insisting the legal systems treat him exactly as they would a murder suspect with two legs.

His spokesperson explained, “Oscar just wants to compete for his freedom in front of a jury like any other able-bodied defendent – is that really too much to ask?”

“He has spent his entire career asking for a level playing field, and this is no different.”

“He expects no special treatment, well, apart from the best lawyers money can buy and the goodwill associated with being a national icon. Nothing to do with the blades.”

Pistorius shooting

Legal experts are predicting that the case will represent a watershed moment for the rights of disabled athletes everywhere.

Lawyer Simon Williams explained, “Mr Pistorius has been a leading light in the campaign for equal rights for disabled athletes, so the eyes of the world will be on this case.”

“Should he be found guilty for murder in a standard South African court, much like an able-bodied person would be, then finally the world will know he has been treated as an equal.”

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