‘Pistorius is a violent person’

Sister Charlotte Mashabane has described three incidents where Oscar Pistorius lost his temper.

Oscar Pistorius in the North Gauteng High Court on 13 June 2016. Picture: Pool.

PRETORIA - A prison nurse has told the High Court in Pretoria that Oscar Pistorius is a violent person but she has contradicted herself under cross-examination.

Assistant health manager at the Kgosi Mampuru Correctional Centre, Charlotte Mashabane, has testified on day two of sentencing proceedings.

Pistorius is being sentenced as a murderer after the Supreme Court of Appeal overturned his culpable homicide conviction for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013.

LISTEN: Update on day two of sentencing.

Mashabane has described three incidents where the athlete lost his temper and spoke to her in an angry tone.

In one incident, Pistorius banged a notebook on a table out of frustration at not being able to receive a specific type of medicine.

Defence advocate Barry Roux asked whether she though he was violent after initially saying no, she changed her version to say he was.

She also included details during cross-examination; such as the claim that the murderer became so angry that he was shaking, which she didn't mention during her evidence in chief.

Roux appeared to want to show the court that while his client did have outbursts, they weren't unreasonable under the circumstances.