Oscar Pistorius faced with ex-girlfriend who testified against him in court
Paralympian has tense confrontation with Samantha Taylor on second day of sentencing hearing as probation officer warns he would be vulnerable to gang rape in prison
Oscar Pistorius makes his way past his ex girlfriend Samantha Taylor as he arrives in the Pretoria High CourtPhoto: Getty Images
By Erin Conway-Smith, Pretoria
8:33PM BST 14 Oct 2014
Oscar Pistorius had to squeeze awkwardly past his ex-girlfriend who testified against him as he walked to the dock on Tuesday on the second day of the Paralympian’s sentencing hearing.
The double-amputee sprinter is expected to know this week whether he will be sent to jail for culpable homicide (manslaughter) for the death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.
During a day of drawn-out mitigation arguments, Annette Vergeer, a probation officer, told the court that Pistorius would be vulnerable to gang rape if sent to prison and should serve house arrest instead.
Ms Vergeer, a witness for the defence, described the dangers of drugs, gangs and sodomy in South Africa’s prisons, which she said are poorly equipped for disabled people.