South Africa’s Pistorius ‘lonely and alienated’ – family

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JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius’ decision to go to a night club while still trial for murder “unwise” but it done because the 27-year-old is “lonely and alienated”, his family said Wednesday.

Pistorius involved an argument with businessman Jared Mortimer at a club Johannesburg’s upmarket Sandton district over the weekend. Both accuse each other of starting the altercation.

“Oscar is grappling with an extreme level of emotional pain that is manifesting itself some of his recent unwise actions and choices,” Pistorius’ uncle Leo said a statement.[eap_ad_2] 

“Those of us closest to him have been witness to his escalating sense of loneliness and alienation. This, we believe, is underlying some of his self-harming behaviour.”

The athlete, known as “Blade Runner” because of the carbon-fibre prosthetic running legs he uses, is trial for the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, whom he shot and killed at his luxury Pretoria home Valentine’s Day last year.

Pistorius he killed Steenkamp after mistaking her for an intruder hiding the toilet next to his bedroom. The state accuses him of shooting her cold blood after an argument.

His lawyers wrapped up their defence last week and the case adjourned until Aug. 7 to allow the legal teams to prepare closing arguments.[eap_ad_3]