'Oscar Pistorius is an ill and broken man, should be hospitalised'
Clinical psychologist Jonathan Scholtz has compiled a new report after consulting with the former athlete.
PRETORIA - A clinical psychologist has testified that Oscar Pistorius admitted he shot through the bathroom door intentionally.
Doctor Jonathan Scholtz, who first assessed Pistorius in 2014, has compiled a new report after consulting with him recently.
Pistorius will be sentenced again after the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) found him guilty of murder and not culpable homicide, as Judge Thokozile Masipa had previously found.
Scholtz has told the High Court in Pretoria that the former athlete is 'an ill and broken man', who should be hospitalised.
During cross examination, Scholtz said Pistorius talked about his 'intention' to shoot.
Advocate Gerrie Nel says this is the first version in which Pistorius admits he intentionally shot through the bathroom door.
"Did Mr Pistorius indicate to you that he intentionally shot at the door, knowing there was a person in the bathroom?"
To which Scholtz responded, "Yes, if you put it that way, he did. he understands now that current assessment that that is exactly what he did."
Nel has also argued that Pistorius was not confined to his cell for 18 hours a day, as Scholtz suggested.
Nel has asked for an adjournment until 2:30pm, to consult with experts.
Outside the court, a group of people held up placards backing the athlete, one of them with the message: "Worldwide supporters of Oscar Pistorius".
He was released from prison in October after almost a year behind bars and allowed to serve out his term under house arrest on his uncle's property in a suburb of Pretoria.
Pistorius denies deliberately killing model and law graduate Steenkamp, saying he mistook her for an intruder when he fired four shots through a locked toilet door in his Pretoria home.
Pistorius reached the pinnacle of his fame in London 2012 when he became the first double amputee to run in the Olympics, reaching the 400-metres semi-finals.
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Additional reporting by Reuters.