Oscar Pistorius: Correctional supervision conditions

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Oscar Pistorius to be released from jail

Former Paralympian athlete, Oscar Pistorius will be released from jail on Tuesday, 20 October. The Department of Correctional Services have released a statement wherein they confirmed that Pistorius is to be placed under correctional supervision. “The Parole Board considered all submissions‚ including the offender’s profile report‚ the directives of the Parole Review Board and the submission of the victim’s family.”

The Kgosi Mampuru II Correctional Supervision Parole also stated: ‘Upon careful consideration of the facts placed before the Parole Board as contained in the G326 (Profile Report) submitted by the Case Management Committee in terms of Section 42 (2)/* 79 of the Correctional Services Act of 1998‚ the Parole Board decided to place Mr. Oscar Pistorius under correctional supervision as from 2015/10/20 until 2019/10/20”.

“The Parole Board has also given the offender his correctional supervision conditions which include the directives of the Parole Review Board in respect of continued psychotherapy and prohibitions in line with the Fire Arms Control Act Section 103.”

On Valentine’s Day 2013, the world woke to the shocking news that Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend, 29-year old model and law-graduate, Reeva Steenkamp, in the early morning hours. Pistorius claimed he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder. He fired several shots through a closed toilet door, hitting Steenkamp.

Pistorius was found guilty in court on an account of culpable homicide. He was handed down a 5-year sentence. Judge Thokozile Masipa found he killed Steenkamp by mistake, although he acted “negligently” when he fired shots through a closed door. Pistorius also received a suspended sentence for an unrelated firearms charge. He served a year of his sentence in the Kgosi Mampuru II Prison in Pretoria, and will now be placed under house arrest on Tuesday.

According to an article titled Oscar Pistorius Biography on The Biography.com website, the double amputee is considered to be the “fastest man on no legs.”

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References

http://www.biography.com/people/oscar-pistorius-20910935

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-29149581

Oscar Pistorius – Will Justice Prevail?

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Give Some Thought to Oscar Pistorius

Could there be anyone that owns a television or a radio that does not know all about the Oscar Pistorius saga? Highly unlikely! He is a world renowned athlete, an idol to millions and an example of how one person can overcome severe restrictions and still climb to the top of the hill. With the current affair clouding his life, however, many questions have arisen. Perhaps it is wrong to merely describe it as an affair. Perhaps it is a calamity, a disaster, a tragedy or even a catastrophe. But the question still remains: what is going on inside the head of this man standing accused of brutally killing his girlfriend.

Is Oscar Pistorius a Bully?

Those gleefully opining that Oscar Pistorius has finally shown himself to be a bully, a violent person and an ego-maniac interested only in himself revel in his problems. This is not the only side to the story however. Many people that are more balanced in their views grieve for this erstwhile hero. Oscar Pistorius has not spoken. He has cried in court, he has vomited and he broke down emotionally. But he has not spoken. Nobody in the public domain knows how he feels and perhaps there is not even someone in his immediate family that knows for sure.

Oscar’s Future?

Perhaps the public and the media should heed the words of Jesus: “Let him that is innocent throw the first stone”. We do not know what happened and we are not qualified to judge. Perhaps the best thing to do would be to wait and see how Oscar Pistorius reacts to this calamity. He has overcome tremendous setbacks in his life and there is no reason to deny him the chance to do whatever he can to overcome this one too. This does not mean that his deed must be explained away. It simply means that the man must be forgiven eventually, just as we all hope to be.

Oscar Pistorius and his Weskoppies experience

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What Oscar Pistorius will face in Weskoppies

Battery of measures- mentally hard on Oscar Pistorius

Why are you looking so anxious?” Oscar Pistorius asked his roommate in the Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital.

This satyrical picture of a cartoonist on the facebook page of the Oscar Pistorius-trial, portrays Oscar as an “in-patient” of Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital. Oscar reported on 26 May 2014 at Weskoppies for the first week of the court-ordered psychiatric evaluation, after he had shot dead Reeva Steenkamp. However, judge Thokozile Masipa ( North Gauteng High Court) ruled that he must be admitted as an out-patient – a quite laughable ambivalence! Weskoppies is situated in a quiet area and is stripped from luxury. A large variety of people are treated there; from regular people who suffer from depression to court-ordered cases and psychopaths.

Oscar Pistorius must not be punished twice

Judge Masipa’s words that “Oscar must not be punished twice” raised a lot of questions. There are people who ask: “What if Oscar kill another person? Mustn’t he stay in custody until a bed is available? The truth is, times have changed and various court-ordered cases are treated on an out-patient basis.It can speed up the legal proceedings.Nevertheless, the battery of measures will be mentally hard on Oscar. This is not a walk in the park- he will be drained at the end of each day. He will be assessed by a multi-disciplinary team consisting of psychiatrists ( one appointed by the court; one for the defense; an in-house psychiatrist) and clinical psychologist(s). These experts’ duty is to give an unbiased professional opinion and adhere to good conduct practices in their psycholegal assessment findings. They will take the following into consideration:

●Oscar’s history

●Collateral sources (siblings, colleagues ect.)

●Present presentation of symptoms

The latter also raises questions. According to the highly respected defense psychiatrist, Dr Merryl Vorster, Oscar Pistorius is on medication for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and Depression. This medication provides relief for the symptoms of anxiety.

Does Oscar Pistorius have diminished criminal capacity?

The nature of the observation will be determining what his mental state was at the time of the crime. Was Oscar able to distinguish right from wrong? Is he mentally competent to stand trial? Does he show genuine remorse? How mild, medium or severe is Oscar’s anxiety? What is going on in the mind of a person with GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder)? Individuals with GAD are highly sensitive to threat in general- it is an acute awareness of potential threat, which is unconscious. Irrespective of which psychological measures or procedures are used, it will be highly unethical to speculate about it. Merely being a psychologist does not make such a person an expert.

Reference: Oscar Pistorius-Follow The Trial (facebook –page).

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13 Cross-examination Questions to ask Oscar Pistorius

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Questions to ask Oscar Pistorius at his Murder Trial

The Oscar Pistorius Trial was postponed until 7 April 2014 due to one of the Assessors being unable to attend court regarding illness. A great deal of speculation is going on and the biggest question at this stage may be whether Barry Roux puts Oscar Pistorius on the stand before calling witnesses for the defense.

Pistorius will have to prove that he in all honesty mistook Reeva Steenkamp for a burglar. In this way, the defense will try to prove what his subjective state of mind was at the time of he shooting.

News24 ran a quick survey on facebook and asked their facebook community which questions they want Gerrie Nel to pose to Oscar.

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Suggested Cross-Examination Questions for Gerrie Nel to ask Oscar Pistorius

The following questions reflect what the respondents to the News24 fb survey posted in their own words :

1 Why does a person who is so paranoid about crime sleep with an open balcony door?

2 Do you think it normal not to inquire “Is that you, Darling? Are you ok?” before unloading four bullets into your bathroom door? Bullets that are designed to cause maximum damage to human flesh by the way.

3 How did the BEDROOM door get damaged? Were you chasing her with the cricket bat upstairs?

4 And ALL the bloodstains in the bedroom?

5 Firstly they must revisit the answers he gave when he was writing the test to get a license for his firearm. Then he must ask him why did he shoot through a closed door, was his life at risk or was he just annoyed?

6 If you were such a loving couple,why did Reeva lock the bathroom door? And why did she take her cellphone with at that time, in the early morning hours?

7 How is it that you would not have realized Reeva was absent from the same bed you were sleeping in together? You would have had to be completely wake to have decided that there was an immediate threat in your home, so much so, that you decided to reach for your gun under the bed. Surely this is enough to wake Reeva and alert her too, and at this point, you’d have clearly seen that she wasn’t in bed sleeping and it had to have been her making the noise which woke you?

8 You are so afraid yet you live in a house with no burglar bars and no security gates in front of your balcony doors?

9 You screamed to Reeva on your way to the bathroom and shouted at the “intruder/s” yet no-one responded? Is this not abnormal?

10 Why did you not shoot a warning shot? Or use the panic button to summon security?

11 Why did he not try and find out who was there before shooting?

12 Did Reeva usually get up at 1:00 to eat a snack? Did Oscar not say that they went to bed at around 10:00?

13 What exactly did he hear in the bathroom before he started shooting? And after the first shot?

Do you have any cross-examination questions you would like to add?

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Ref.:

http://www.news24.com/Multimedia/Video/SouthAfrica/STUDIO-Your-Oscar-cross-examination-questions-20140327

Photo Oscar Pistorius courtesy of: www.mirror.co.uk

Photo Gerrie Nel courtesy of: thenewage.co.za

 

 

 

 

Anti Bullying campaigner Reeva Steenkamp

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Did you know that Reeva Steenkamp campaigned against bullying?

Reeva Steenkamp, deceased girlfriend of Blade-runner Oscar Pistorius, who was shot in the early hours of the morning of Valentines Day 2013, was an active campaigner against bullying. She was the celebrity face for Spirit Day Anti-bullying campaign.

On the day she died, she was to have delivered a speech to school children admitting that she had previously been in an abusive relationship. The abuser’s mother used to abuse him before. It was this relationship that prompted her to move to Johannesburg and rebuild her life.

She wanted to warn the secondary school students that even if many people say that they love you, but you do not love yourself, you will limit yourself by that form of mental confusion.

What is Bullying?

Bullying is the use of force, threat, or oppression to abuse, intimidate, or aggressively enforce power over others. This behavior will be repeated and becomes habit. There is a perception by the bully of having the upper hand with regard to physical power. Types of behavior used to proclaim such domination include: verbal pestering or intimidation, as well as physical assault. These forms of abuse are usually focused repeatedly on specific targets.

A bully justifies his behavior by difference of class, race, religion, gender, sexuality, appearance, strength or size. Bullying by a group is called mobbing. “Targets” are the “victims” of bullying.

Bullying consists of four types of cruelty – emotional, verbal, physical, and cyber bullying. It usually includes indirect methods of pressure such as intimidation.

Bullying ranges from one-on-one bullying to complex bullying where the bully has one or more “lieutenants” who are willing or intimidated to assist the bully in the act of bullying.

Direct bullying involves physical aggression, such as shoving and poking, throwing things, slapping, punching and kicking, beating, pulling hair and pinching.

The effect of Bullying

Mona O’Moore of the Anti-Bullying Centre at Trinity College in Dublin, wrote: “research indicates that individuals, whether child or adult, who are persistently subjected to abusive behavior (bullying) are at risk of stress related illness which can sometimes lead to suicide”.

 

 

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Ref.: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bullying

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