Calls for Pistorius to be shown leniency ahead of sentencing

A South African Court’s heard Oscar Pistorius, jailed for shooting dead girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentines Day in 2013 should be shown only sympathy.

Psychologist Johnathan Scholtz has testified at a sentencing hearing that the double amputee should be hospitalised.

Nicknamed the Blade Runner, the 29-year-old Paralympian faces a minimum 15 year sentence after his earlier charge, equivalent to manslaughter, was upgraded on appeal.


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Mr Scholtz said Pistorius was being treated for depression, anxiety and insomnia.

He said “one would describe him as broken. In my opinion his current condition warrants hospitalisation”.

Mr Scholtz also didn’t think that Pistorius was up to testifying.

“Since 2013, he becomes traumatised when he hears the sound of gunfire” according to the Psychologist who also said “he never wants to touch a firearm again”.