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Good move to keep 'depressed' Pistorius off the witness stand: law expert

It was a wise decision not to call Oscar Pistorius to testify during his sentencing proceedings, says criminal law expert Stephen Tuson.

On Monday, clinical psychologist, Dr Jonathan Scholtz, testified that his mental health has deteriorated since the start of the murder trial in 2014.

Tuson says that Pistorius may not have coped with cross-examination, considering the depression diagnosis.

I think in Oscar's current condition, it would have been a disaster.

Stephen Tuson, Wits Law Professor

However, State Prosecutor Gerrie Nel accused Scholtz of bias towards the convicted killer.

According to Tuson, there is no substance to Nel's claims about the first defence witness.

Tuson explores the mitigating factors that the Judge Thokozile Masipa will have to consider before handing down the verdict.

Listen to the full conversation from CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies:


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