Os­car gets threats of gang rape

Pis­to­rius fam­ily lays crim­i­nal charges as man threat­ens ath­lete with abuse in jail

CityPress - - News - ABRAM MASHEGO abram.mashego@city­press.co.za

In the week dur­ing which Os­car Pis­to­rius walked on his stumps in court and pic­tures of his mur­dered girl­friend, Reeva Steenkamp, were re­leased to the pub­lic, it emerged that fam­ily mem­bers had re­ceived threats that Pis­to­rius would be gang raped in pri­son. Po­lice con­firmed that they were in­ves­ti­gat­ing a case of in­tim­i­da­tion af­ter the threats were made in a se­ries of What­sApp mes­sages sent to Pis­to­rius’ cousin Arnoldus Kurt Pis­to­rius on Thurs­day. The fam­ily laid crim­i­nal charges, sub­mit­ting all their ev­i­dence to the Gars­fontein Po­lice Sta­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to the state­ment made at the sta­tion on the case of in­tim­i­da­tion, it was not only Pis­to­rius be­ing tar­geted; his cousins were also threat­ened.

In his state­ment to the po­lice, seen by City Press, Arnoldus said that on Thurs­day he re­ceived a What­sApp mes­sage from an un­known num­ber. The sender asked him to ver­ify if he was Pis­to­rius’ cousin, which he did. The per­son then claimed to have ev­i­dence that state pros­e­cu­tor Ger­rie Nel had paid a pri­son nurse to lie in court.

City Press un­der­stands he al­legedly pro­posed that the in­for­ma­tion be used to weaken the state’s case against Os­car and to dis­credit the tes­ti­mony that Kgosi Mam­puru II cor­rec­tional ser­vices as­sis­tant health man­ager and pro­fes­sional nurse Char­lotte Mashobane had given.

Mashobane’s tes­ti­mony painted Os­car as a per­son who had anger is­sues, which served as ev­i­dence in ag­gra­va­tion of his pend­ing mur­der sen­tence.

Arnoldus said that he did not re­spond to the phone mes­sages as he sus­pected that the sender wanted money in ex­change for the al­leged ev­i­dence against Nel.

He re­ferred to the in­ci­dent in March, when a 33-year-old man was ar­rested for mas­querad­ing as an of­fi­cial from the Na­tional Pros­e­cut­ing Au­thor­ity (NPA) af­ter promis­ing to have the for­mer Par­a­lympian’s mur­der case quashed.

Ac­cord­ing to the Hawks, the man had al­legedly de­manded R250 000 from the ath­lete in ex­change for the dis­ap­pear­ance of his mur­der docket.

Arnoldus told City Press on Fri­day that when the sus­pect re­alised he was not in­ter­ested, he started mak­ing threats, in­clud­ing that Os­car would be gang raped on his re­turn to jail.

One mes­sage read: “You don’t need my help ‘jou ma se xxx’: ... when Os­car re­turns to jail I will en­sure that he is gang raped also he will suf­fer and I will have my man beat him prop­erly. Your chil­dren will be mur­dered as well ... you will ruin your nephew [the sus­pect thought he was talk­ing to Os­car’s un­cle Arnold].”

Arnoldus added that he and his cousins had been get­ting death threats, and the fam­ily had in­creased se­cu­rity at home.

When City Press con­tacted the num­ber from which the threats had been made, the man re­fused to iden­tify him­self but con­firmed hav­ing con­tacted Arnoldus. He de­nied hav­ing made death threats. “I have record­ings and ev­i­dence that can prove that the pri­son nurse was paid and that the de­ceased’s fam­ily (the Steenkamps) made threats to Os­car. I was in court this week and over­heard them make threats against Os­car,” he said.

When pressed to share the in­for­ma­tion, the man, who claimed to be a busi­ness­man, said he would charge R5 000 for the in­for­ma­tion. He im­me­di­ately de­manded 30% of the money upfront and 70% when the job was done.

He also sent City Press a What­sApp mes­sage, say­ing: “I have all stuff from a source at NPA.” When told that City Press did not pay for in­for­ma­tion, he re­fused to pro­vide the record­ings or en­gage any fur­ther.

Os­car will be sen­tenced on July 6 for the mur­der of his model girl­friend on Fe­bru­ary 14 2013. Through­out the trial, he has main­tained that he mis­took her for a bur­glar be­fore fir­ing four shots through the door of his bath­room.

In March, the Supreme Court of Ap­peal over­turned the North Gaut­eng High Court’s con­vic­tion on a charge of cul­pa­ble homi­cide to mur­der. Be­cause of the high-pro­file na­ture of the case, it has been re­ferred to the Hawks for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Hawks’ spokesper­son Bri­gadier Hang­wani Mu­laudzi con­firmed they were in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case.

See Os­car’s week in court on page 8

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Gor­geous Gabrielle Union wore this un­der­whelm­ing hal­ter dress. The de­tail around the neck is too much, the skirt and cut are bor­ing, and that poor train couldn’t save this. A rare miss for her. Dwyane Wade mixed up the tuxedo look with an em­bel­lished jacket. A big risk that could have gone pear-shaped, but it was a re­fresh­ing look on the red car­pet. Su­per­model Naomi Camp­bell wore this pretty, sheer dress to ac­cept her award on the night. The dress it­self is noth­ing to write home about, but on Naomi it looks cute.

PHOTO: ALON SKUY / TIMES ME­DIA GROUP

AG­O­NISED Os­car Pis­to­rius sobs dur­ing this week’s pro­ceed­ings at the North Gaut­eng High Court. He was con­victed of mur­der by the Supreme Court of Ap­peal for killing his girl­friend, Reeva Steenkamp, in 2013

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