‘Thinner Oscar’ seen for first time

2015-11-15 15:01
Oscar Pistorius. Picture: Lisa Hnatowicz/ Nuus Noord

Oscar Pistorius. Picture: Lisa Hnatowicz/ Nuus Noord

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A visibly thinner Oscar Pistorius reported for his community service at Pretoria’s Garsfontein Police Station just before 8am yesterday.

His white T-shirt and trousers hung loosely on his body, and it was clear that he had lost a considerable amount of weight and muscle in jail.

Pistorius’ sister, Aimée, dropped him off yesterday morning and his uncle Arnold Pistorius’ white Mercedes drove through the police station’s gates just before 2pm and disappeared around the corner into the parking lot to pick him up.

Minutes later, Oscar Pistorius slipped out of the police station and climbed into his uncle’s car. His hand was folded over his ears as if he wanted to pull his black cap lower down on his head.

It is unclear precisely what he was doing for the almost six hours he spent inside the police station, but a police source told City Press’ sister paper, Rapport, that he was helping with paperwork in one of the offices.

Judgment in the state’s appeal application against his conviction of culpable homicide is expected in December. If the state succeeds in having his conviction replaced with that of murder, it is likely that Pistorius will be sent back to prison.

Facial-recognition expert Marthie Maré said it was not just Pistorius’ body that had changed, but his face too.

Maré said the athlete’s lower lip was less dominant than in previous photographs. This, she said, indicated that his communication style had changed because his personal charisma had been dented.

Maré compared photographs of Pistorius taken yesterday to photographs taken before the killing of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

“It’s difficult to conduct a full analysis because he is wearing a cap and sunglasses,” she said.

“But in the photograph of him in court during his bail application, one can see his eyebrows are not as rounded as they were before the killing. His eyebrows are now straighter. This indicates his focus has shifted from people and their feelings to logic and facts, which was absolutely necessary during his court case.”

Maré says the change in his cheeks is also interesting.

“They looked more sunken during his bail application, which indicated a lack of emotional support from others. But in his most recent photographs, his cheeks are fuller, despite his weight loss. This indicates he again has good emotional support.”

Pistorius was released on correctional supervision on October 19. The department did not release the details of the provisions of his early release, but they apparently include house arrest, community service and psychotherapy.

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