Oscar violent and aggressive in jail, court hears

2016-06-13 15:22


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Pretoria – Convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius was aggressive and verbally abusive towards prison officials in his first month in jail, the Pretoria High Court heard on Monday.

“Centre management reports that Mr Pistorius struggled to adapt and was aggressive and violent towards officials in the first month,” prosecutor Gerrie Nel told psychologist Prof Jonathan Scholtz during cross-examination.

Nel was speaking during sentencing proceedings for Pistorius. He referred to a statement in a report by Kgosi Mampuru's counselling psychologist. She wrote that Pistorius's verbal aggression was a further indication of his explosive temperament.

“Mr Pistorius fails to identify himself as having committed a crime,” the report stated according to Nel.

Nel asked Scholtz why he had not included this report in his own report on Pistorius.

Scholtz said he found her report was “poor” and “unscientific” and that her conclusions seemed to have been plucked out of the air. He said his own view of Pistorius was that he was not a violent person and that such behaviour was out of character.

Nel accused him of bias towards Pistorius and of trying to present a report that would favour him during sentencing.

Nel asked Scholtz that given Pistorius's outbursts, how could he work with children. Scholtz said the context was different and he would only react in such a manner if confronted and his stress built up.

Scholtz earlier told the court that an organization involved in early childhood development, Twin City, had offered Pistorius the job of programme manager.

The court is hearing arguments in aggravation and mitigation ahead of Pistorius being sentenced for murder.

In December last year, the Supreme Court of Appeal in December overturned his conviction of culpable homicide. It found he murdered his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on February 14, 2013 and sent the matter back to the high court to sentence him.  

The matter was adjourned to Tuesday at 09:30. As Pistorius stepped out of the dock he blew his nose. His sister Aimee comforted him.

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