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Meeting of the
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October 2014 at
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PRETORIA---Oscar Pistorius is a "bro-
ken man" after killing girlfriend Reeva
Steenkamp and has already suffered
emotionally and financially, a psychol-
ogist called by the Olympic runner s
lawyers testified yesterday ahead of his
Dr Lore Hartzenberg gave the testi-
mony ahead of Pistorius sentencing for
culpable homicide, and it was almost
immediately characterised by the chief
prosecutor as lacking balance. Prosecutor
Gerrie Nel also expressed shock after
a defense witness suggested Pistorius
be sentenced to occasional house arrest
and community service for shooting
dead his girlfriend.
After Hartzenberg described how
Pistorius had suffered since the Valen-
tine s Day killing last year, Nel noted
that the double-amputee athlete likely
still has the chance to rebuild his life
and possibly continue his career,
whereas Reeva Steenkamp is dead and
her family is devastated.
"We are now dealing with a broken
man, but he is still alive," the pros-
ecutor said. He asked the psychologist
what she knew about Steenkamp.
"Do you know anything about her
dreams, what she wanted to do in
life?" Nel said.
Later a social worker from South
Africa s correctional services depart-
ment, who was also called to testify
by defense lawyers, suggested Pistorius
should serve a three-year correctional
supervision sentence for negligently
shooting Steenkamp. That would
include periods of house arrest but
no prison time, and allow Pistorius
to train and attend athletics meets
Nel said that suggested sentence
was "shockingly inappropriate" and
described it as "no sentence."
Judge Thokozile Masipa was hearing
evidence on the first day of Pistorius
sentencing hearing, which is expected
to last several days. After listening to
testimony from witnesses called by
both the defense and prosecution,
Masipa will decide on Pistorius sen-
It can range from a suspended jail
sentence and a fine to as many as 15
years in prison. Masipa last month
found Pistorius, 27, guilty of culpable
homicide but not guilty of both pre-
meditated murder and murder in his
killing of Steenkamp at his home.
Several police officers stood guard
on the dais where the judge sat Mon-
day amid concerns about her security.
Masipa s verdict last month drew crit-
icism from some South Africans who
thought Pistorius should at least have
been convicted of a lesser murder
charge on the grounds that he knew
a person could die when he fired four
bullets through a toilet door and into
a small cubicle, killing Steenkamp.
Prosecutors said Pistorius had
opened fire in anger after the couple
argued. The runner testified that he
mistook Steenkamp, a 29-year-old
model and budding reality TV star,
for an intruder who was about to come
out of the toilet and attack him.
Hartzenberg, a psychologist who
counsels Pistorius, said the athlete
had lost the woman he loved, his rep-
utation, friends, his income and sense
of self-worth after what he said was
an accidental killing --- and was suf-
fering from post-traumatic stress dis-
order. Pistorius sometimes cried,
retched, perspired and paced up and
down during sessions in which she
tried to assist him, Hartzenberg said.
"Some of the sessions were just him
weeping and crying and me holding
him," Hartzenberg said.
As she testified, Pistorius sat in the
courtroom looking down and appeared
at one point to be clenching his jaw.
Nel raised an incident during the
trial when Pistorius was involved in
an altercation at a Johannesburg night-
club, asking if it matched her descrip-
tion of a grieving man who had with-
drawn from society.
There is no minimum sentence in
South Africa for culpable homicide or
negligent killing. Some experts say a
five-year jail sentence is a guideline
when a firearm is used.
Pistorius was also convicted on
another charge of unlawfully firing a
gun in a public place in an unrelated
incident. That offense normally carries
a monetary fine. (AP)
Pistorius is 'broken man'
Oscar Pistorius, left, is greeted by an
unidentified female, in the courtroom, in
Pretoria, South Africa, yesterday.
Pistorius faces sentencing this week in a
South African court after being convicted
of culpable homicide for killing girlfriend
Reeva Steenkamp. Judge Thokozile
Masipa found Pistorius not guilty of both
premeditated murder and murder in his
killing of Steenkamp in the predawn
hours of Valentine's Day at his home last
year. AP PHOTO
LAS VEGAS---Former heavyweight champion Leon
Spinks is in a Las Vegas hospital after a second
operation for abdominal problems.
The 61-year-old boxer who catapulted to fame by
beating Muhammad Ali in 1978 had the second
surgery in recent days after complications from the
first emergency surgery.
His wife updated The Associated Press on her hus-
band s condition, saying: "It s going to be a long road
ahead, but he s strong and he s starting to recover."
Brenda Spinks does not know how long he will be
hospitalised but the family is optimistic.
Spinks won an Olympic gold medal in 1976. After
just seven pro fights he defeated Ali in a 15-round
decision in Las Vegas, only to lose the title in a
rematch seven months later in New Orleans.
Brother Michael Spinks also was a heavyweight
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