Mental evaluation: Oscar Pistorius not a psychopath, had ‘loving’ relationship with Reeva

2014-07-02 14:06

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Oscar Pistorius is not a psychopath and had a “normal, loving relationship” with Reeva Steenkamp.

These were some of the findings of Pistorius’ mental evaluation, which was today read into the record by the athlete’s defence advocate, Barry Roux.

“No evidence could be found to indicate that Mr Pistorius has a history of abnormal aggression or explosive violence.

“He does not display personality characteristics of narcissism or psychopathy that are mostly associated with men in abusive relationships and [that] have been linked to rage-type murders in intimate relationships”.

Roux was reading from a report by clinical psychologist Geoffrey Scholtz, which is likely to give the defence’s case a major boost.

“There is evidence to indicate Mr Pistorius was genuine with his feeling toward Ms Steenkamp and that they had a normal, loving relationship.

“He did become insecure and jealous at times, but this was normal for the specific situation. He would express his displeasure and irritation, but would try to sort it out later by talking with Ms Steenkamp,” reads the report.

The report also contradicts Dr Merryll Vorster, a previous defence witness. It says Pistorius did not suffer from generalised anxiety disorder at the time of the shooting.

Scholtz notes that although Pistorius and Steenkamp’s relationship was still young, there were “no signs of abuse or coercion” in the relationship.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel and Roux have accepted the report as being the result of the mental evaluation, but neither side have necessarily accepted the findings as fact. Both sides also agree that no witnesses will be called in relation to the report.

This means that the findings will likely be the subject of legal arguments between the two sides.

Meanwhile, the defence have also called what is likely to be their star witness.

Professor Elton Wayne Derman, a professor of sports science, has known Pistorius for seven years and treated him during sporting events, including being the team doctor of the SA Olympic team.

Derman has testified about the increased likelihood of a fight or flight response in athletes with disabilities.

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