Agent tells court he saw Pistorius lose his temper
Published 02/07/2014 | 02:30
An attempt by Oscar Pistorius's defence team to cast the athlete in a more sympathetic light by calling his agent to the stand backfired during cross examination by the prosecution.
The defence called Peet van Zyl to describe the Paralympian's loving relationship with his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and his particular fear of crime that might have led him to shooting her through a locked lavatory door in the belief that an intruder was in his house.
Although Mr van Zyl confirmed Pistorius' sensitivity about the threat of crime, he was quizzed by the state prosecutor, Mr Nel, on several incidents when Pistorius lost his temper, a fillip for the prosecution as they cannot bring forward character witnesses themselves.
Mr van Zyl said he had seen the Paralympian lose his temper twice and that it probably happened more frequently.
Mr Nel asked Mr van Zyl why he had not mentioned Mr Pistorius' widely-reported outburst at the London Paralympics, accusing Alan Oliveira of having the unfair advantage of longer blades after he was beaten in the 200-metre race.
He replied that he did not mention the "unfortunate" episode because he was not in London at the time. His cross-examination continues tomorrow. (© Daily Telegraph, London)