REASONS OSCAR SHOULD GO FREE
3Pistorius’ decision to grant an on-camera interview with the UK’s ITV for an upcoming documentary could hurt him in sentencing. Nel called the decision to speak on TV while refusing to disclose his version of events in court “disrespectful to the court, and disrespectful to the victims”. Louw said it wasn’t very wise of Pistorius to give that interview.
1OSCAR ON HIS STUMPS Although South Africa does not have a jury system, the defence team appear to be hoping that the image of Pistorius walking unsteadily on his stumps combined with the public scrutiny of the trial will sway Judge Masipa towards being lenient. Pistorius took a few steps around the court as Roux painted a picture of the psychological state of his client: “This is the person, its three in the morning, he is on his stumps. He suffers from an anxiety disorder.”
Louw said despite these tactics being somewhat manipulative, Masipa is likely to take Pistorius’ disability into account. “It’s obviously a shock tactic to get a lesser sentence.” OSCAR IS A ‘BROKEN MAN’
Psychologist Jonathan Scholtz told the court Pistorius was still on medication for posttraumatic stress disorder and depression, and that he also suffers from anxiety. Scholtz recommended Pistorius be hospitalised rather than sent to jail. “If he was my patient in private practice, I would admit him to hospital,” Scholtz said. RETRIBUTION WON’T SERVE THE COMMUNITY OR THE STEENKAMPS
Increasingly, the law is looking for solutions that focus on restorative justice rather than merely retribution. Roux focused heavily on this approach, telling the court that Pistorius has already been deterred from committing a similar crime again, and there would be no purpose served in sending him back to jail.
Scholtz said Pistorius had already suffered several “humiliating and hurtful” experiences in prison.
OSCAR HAS ALREADY LOST HIS CAREER