Oscar overheard rape of young man in prison

2016-06-13 11:54
Oscar Pistorius arrives at court (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

Oscar Pistorius arrives at court (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

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2016-06-13 11:27

Sentencing proceedings for former paralympian and convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius are under way at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria. News24's Erin Bates and Karabo Ngoepe give us the inside scoop outside court. Watch. WATCH

Pretoria – Former paralympian Oscar Pistorius overheard the rape of an young inmate while he was in Kgosi Mampuru prison, the High Court in Pretoria heard on Monday. 

Mentioning the "traumatic and humiliating" experiences Pistorius had while incarcerated, psychologist Jonathan Scholtz included: "Overhearing the rape of a young man and finding the man had hung himself with the bed cloth the next morning". 

Scholtz told the court during arguments in mitigation of sentencing that warders at the prison would arrive with other people to look at him, mainly at night.

Scholtz was being questioned by Pistorius’s lawyer Barry Roux as he read through a report he compiled on Pistorius earlier this year.

Pistorius developed an infection in his stumps as a result of having to shower while sitting on the cement floor in prison. He suffered a panic attack when medication his family had dropped off was not delivered to him. 

He was isolated in the prison’s hospital wing, which effectively amounted to solitary confinement in a 6 metre squared cell.

Scholtz found Pistorius had descended into a state of hopelessness, lethargy, and a “sense of impending emotional breakdown”.  

Pistorius sat with his hands pressed into his eyes as Scholtz spoke. 

“If he was a patient of mine in private practice, I would admit him to hospital,” Scholtz said.

After his release into correctional supervision at his uncle Arnold’s house, he was humiliated while shopping in a grocery store. Another customer complained that he did not want to shop with a murderer, Scholtz said. 

Scholtz said further imprisonment would not be socially or psychologically constructive and Pistorius would be better served giving back to society in a constructive way, to enhance the lives of others. 

He had received a firm offer of employment as programme manager for an organisation, Twin City, which was involved in early childhood development, Scholtz said.

When Judge Thokozile Masipa adjourned for 15 minutes, Pistorius left the court, his face reddened and streaked with tears. 

Pistorius is being sentenced for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp on February 14, 2013, after the Supreme Court of Appeal overturned his conviction of culpable homicide. The SCA referred the matter back to Masipa to determine an appropriate sentence.

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