Trials of Oscar Pistorius viewers ‘disgusted’ with documentary

Viewers of The Trials of Oscar Pistorius have expressed their ‘disgust’ over the documentary which they feel ‘glorified’ and ‘sympathised’ with the man who murdered Reeva Steenkamp. 

Episode one of the documentary, which aired on BBC Two on Sunday, recounted the first week after Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva on Valentine’s Day 2013 at his home in Pretoria, South Africa. 

He was eventually found guilty of murder and sentenced to 13 years after having previous sentences for shorter prison time extended. 

The first in the four-part film looked back at Pistorius’ childhood including having his feet amputated as a baby, his mother’s death and successful career as an athlete who would go on to become the first double amputee to compete in the Olympics. 

Somewhat sympathising with Pistorius, Brian Frasure, an Olympic athlete, said: ‘At that point it was really this feeling of loss. Not only for an initial feeling of grief and sorrow for Reeva and her family but also for Oscar and just everything he had been working for.’ 

One interview subject later laughed as she fondly recalled Pistorius competing in a tournament in Athens aged 17 ‘with all his little braces on’. 

Viewers criticised the documentary for focusing so heavily on Pistorius’ life and achievements and not enough on Reeva’s. 

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