On Valentine’s Day 2013, South African Paralympic running sensation, Oscar Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend model Reeva Steenkamp. When he was taken into custody the following day, he acknowledged he shot her insisting he thought she was an intruder. He was charged with murder. On September 12th, 2014, Judge Thokozile Masipa delivered the verdict that Pistorius was guilty of culpable homicide of his girlfriend Reeva, and reckless endangerment with a firearm at a restaurant. Pistorius was sentenced to a maximum of five years for culpable murder and a concurrent three-year suspended sentence for the firearm conviction. The parole board released Pistorius to house arrest on October 19th 2015.
The Pistorius’ gripping trial made international headlines placing the South African justice system in the spotlight. The entire trial was broadcast live via radio and the opening and closing arguments as well as the sentencing, and other parts of the trial were broadcast live worldwide on television.
Brenda Wardle, a native South African attorney and a world-renowned legal analyst, covered the Pistorius case conclusively both in South Africa and abroad appearing on several notable British and American television shows. Her position as Chief Operations Officer at the Wardle College of Law (Pty) Ltd, as well as her extensive law education, she has three law degrees, made her the perfect international spokesperson and analyst for this high profile case.
The South African Attorney has penned numerous articles, been interviewed at home and abroad on many well-known cases including the Pistorius trial, verdict and appeal. This multi-talented mother and grandmother is a registered assessor and moderator with two Sector Education and Training Authorities in South Africa facilitating training for over 4,000 delegates within a two-year time period. She also hosted a very successful and well-attended National Conference on Selected Sentencing Provisions and their impact on Correctional Services Release Policies.
Her writing is not limited to law journals, the published author has written several manuals, short stories, an autobiography and is releasing To Kill a Fragile Rose – The State’s Case Against Oscar Leonard Carl Pistorius a fast-paced legal thriller which will give readers an insight into the murder trial.