Psychologist is biased towards Pistorius argues prosecution

The sentencing hearing for murderer Oscar Pistorius, convicted of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013, got underway today in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.

The court heard about Pistorius's alleged temper tantrums, and how warders found illegal medication in his cell.

Psychologist Professor Jonathan Scholtz, says Pistorius is a broken man who should not be jailed. he said the man's condition has worsened and he should be hospitalised.

Bit prosecutor Gerrie Nel is fighting back.

EWN's Barry Bateman joins Xolani Gwala on the line with the latest from court.

Bateman says Nel blatantly accused the Scholtz of being biased.

They're going to be arguing that the psychologist here is biased towards Oscar Pistorius.

Barry Bateman, EWN reporter

Bateman says this hinges around an internal prison report complied by the prison doctor or psychologist in the first month that Pistorius was there. It stated that Pistorius was verbally abusive, violent and uncooperative with management.

The push from Nel was well why did you simply not include it in your report, even if you disagree with it.

Barry Bateman, EWN reporter

Nel is also challenging him on a number of issues like the argument Pistorius was confined to his cell. Nel is bringing a witness to prove this was not true.

On the allegations Pistorius was assaulted, Nel is saying this is also untrue.

The prosecutor is arguing that Oscar Pistorius's condition is not as bad as the psychologist is making out. He added that it is only worse now because re sentencing has begun, suggesting Pistorius is putting on an act.

The case will resume tomorrow.


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