Saturday, August 2, 2014

South Africa: Update--Pistouris Sells Home Reeva Killed In, Final Verdict Expected by Late August

According to ABC News, the luxury four-bedroom home in the Silver Woods Estate of Pretoria sold for a reported 4.5 million Rand (US$420,000), far less than he was initially asking. 

Typically, the majority of people are very, very superstitious when famous people  meet with a violent end in a dwelling they hope to call "home."

As everyone except those living on Mars know all too well, February 14, 2013 was the day that "Blade-runner" Oscar Pistouris shot and killed his lawyer-model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Pistorius attempted to sell the home in 2011, but withdrew it from the market when there were no buyers. 

At the time the asking price for the house was 6.5 million Rand (US$606,649).

Earlier this year, Pistorius’ lawyers announced that he wanted to sell the house to cover legal fees for his murder trial.
COMMENT: If you're catching up on what's been occurring in Pistouris' life, please consider the following: 

Oscar Pistorius' Family Cites 'Self Harming Behavior' After Club Altercation

Oscar Pistorius Involved in South African Club Scuffle
 
Oscar Pistorius Lawyer Complains Some Witnesses Wouldn't Testify

In time, the House was bought by a mining engineer. 
 
The new owner, Louwtjie Lourens, told the South Africa-based THE TIMES that he plans to live in the house with his family when he retires, but it is believed that the property will be rented out until Lourens finally moves in. 

Final arguments in the trial will be heard next week. Judge Thokozile Masipa will then indicate when she will hand down a verdict. 
For those catching up, Pistouris' position is that he accidentally shot and killed Reeva who reportedly had locked herself in an interior bathroom. 
  Why and how he believed than an intruder would lock oneself in an interior bathroom is anyone's guess.

Prosecutors have argued that Pistorius intentionally fired at Steenkamp who was hiding behind the door. 

Pistorius' lawyers have until Monday (August 4) to file their written final arguments.