‘Pistorius’s outbursts an expression of frustration, not violence’

Defence advocate Barry Roux suggested Oscar Pistorius's outbursts were simply him becoming frustrated.

Convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius in the North Gauteng High Court on 14 June 2016. Picture: Pool.

PRETORIA - Oscar Pistorius's defence team has suggested that his outbursts in prison are not evidence of a violent person but rather expressions of frustration.

A senior medical official from the Kgosi Mampuru Correctional Centre has testified in sentencing proceedings.

Pistorius is being sentenced as a murderer for killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine's Day in 2013.

Sister Charlotte Mashabane described three incidents where Pistorius lost his temper - two of them involved being denied medicine.

Defence advocate Barry Roux suggested the outbursts were simply Pistorius becoming frustrated.

Mashabane initially agreed that Pistorius was not violent.

Roux asked, "In you view he's not a violent person. Is that right Miss Mashabane?"

Mashabane said, "Yes… He is actually. Sometimes he can [be violent]."


At the same time, Barry Steenkamp says he's not ready to meet with Pistorius.

Steenkamp has told the High Court in Pretoria that he has had no contact with the former athlete since he shot and killed his daughter.

He says he and his wife have rejected numerous meeting requests and letters from the former athlete.

"If you were in my position, you would have felt the same. But most probably the time will come when I want to talk to Oscar in private, not now, at a later stage I would like to talk to him."

Sentencing resumes tomorrow.

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