Inside Oscar Pistorius’ mind

2014-07-06 00:30

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"We had such a bright future and now it is dark."

This is what a broken and lonely Oscar Pistorius told clinical psychologist Melissa Fernihough during his mental evaluation at Pretoria’s Weskoppies Hospital.

The detailed psychological report reveals that the only thing stopping Pistorius from taking his own life is his belief that “his family has been through enough”.

“He initially denied having suicidal thoughts but indicated that he does think that things would be easier if he was dead,” Fernihough wrote.

Pistorius also told her that before he killed Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s morning last year: “I was someone going somewhere, I was so positive about my future, I was a person who loved being around people, especially my family and friends.”

Now, writes Fernihough, he’s “not sure about anything”.

The findings of the mental evaluation can be published in detail today after City Press’s lawyers reached an agreement with Pistorius’ legal team over its publication.

Before adjourning court proceedings on Thursday, Judge Thokozile Masipa banned the media from reporting on its contents but late on Friday she agreed to allow City Press to publish a redacted version in terms of the agreement reached.

Scholtz and Fernihough’s reports paint a picture of a broken man who has lost interest in life.

Since shooting Steenkamp, Pistorius has lost 10kg, battles to sleep and survives on anti-depressants.

Tonight, Australia’s Channel 7 programme Sunday Night will air exclusive footage of Pistorius re-enacting Steenkamp’s shooting. It’s understood the footage was bought from forensic artists The Evidence room, which create graphic and visual illustrations of crime scenes for use in criminal trials.

View a clip here.

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