It's finally dawned on Oscar Pistorius and his crew that the troubled paralympian doesn't have a leg to stand on in the vicious slaying of his model/actress girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine's Day.
That being the case, Team Pistorius has just filed an urgent appeal to have the vastly "unfair" and much "too strict" terms of his bail rescinded so the defendant doesn't have to be tested for drugs and alcohol anymore, and, more importantly, so he can have his passport back and leave the country.
Running is the celebrity athlete's specialty, remember, and running's exactly what Pistorius is planning to do if he can get those travel restrictions lifted and his documents returned.
Genuine support for the Blade Gunner has all but evaporated of late, and it's suddenly become crystal clear that, with only a matter of months to go till he stands trial on murder charges for which he has no credible defense, precious liberty too has become fleeting.
There's no way out but out, is the reality he's faced with.
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South Africa's prisons are some of the most dangerous in the world, and prisoner Pistorius will be even more vulnerable than most once incarcerated since he likely won't be allowed to wear his prosthetic legs for fear they might be used as weapons.
And the multimillionaire track star will undoubtedly be a major target of violent crime rings once inside the pen, with his fame and physical disabilities making him extremely difficult to protect on a round-the-clock basis.
In a hostile environment like that one, the track star could find himself financially extorted every day by both jail guards and inmates offering him extra protections. A worthwhile investment if he values his life, but that security could just as well disappear the instant he fails to make a timely payment.
With prospects of being acquitted of homicide looking bleaker and bleaker by the minute, and his "Oscar Is Innocent" PR campaign stranded in the ditch after Vuma Reputation Management dropped the problematic client yesterday, lawyers for the family and the defendant are desperately scrambling for a solution ASAP.
They think, if travel privileges and a passport can be restored, whisking the runner off the continent when nobody's watching is the only viable strategy left to ensure Oscar Pistorius will be a free man someday.
That's because the issue of whether Steenkamp's slaying was "an accident" or intentional is essentially moot now Â— he admitted to it in a signed affidavit in order to be set free on bail Â— so at last everyone understands this self confessed killer will surely be convicted.
No date has yet been calendared for the court to review the Pistorius appeal.
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