It's ironic that on the day that a documentary about Reeva Steenkamp's life will be airing, Oscar Pistorius’ lawyer announced that he has settled an assault case outside of court. Cassidy Taylor-Memmory has been calling for Pistorius's head since 2009, when the Paralympic gold medalist allegedly assaulted her at a party. However, after a lot of protracted negotiations, she's finally agreed to accept a settlement offer.
The word 'court' is about to become a lot more synonymous with the name Oscar Pistorius in the coming months, and we're sure the athlete will be breathing a small sigh of relief that he has one less matter to worry about.
The alleged incident took place at a house party that Pistorius held in his home in 2009. Taylor-Memmory claims that Pistorius hurt her leg by slamming a door against her. Ouch! She was determined to have him punished for his actions until the two parties reached a breakthrough last year in December and she accepted a settlement offer from the Pistorius party.
“I agreed to it because I was so tired of it weighing me down,” Taylor-Memmory says. She also went on to deny the athlete's allegations that she was drunk when the incident took place.
This will be one less distraction in Pistorius's life as he prepares to fight a battle to prove his innocence after being accused of shooting and murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day last year. Police have contacted the FBI in America in an attempt to have his Apple iPhone unlocked so that they can see a full transcript of his SMS history.
The trial begins on 3 March and we're sure South Africans, and the world, will be glued to their screens.