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Oscar Pistorius is a ‘paradox,’ physician says

By Michelle Kapusta,

A doctor testified at the Oscar Pistorius murder trial on Thursday that the double amputee is a “paradox.”

The Associated Press reported that Wayne Derman, a professor of sport and exercise medicine and senior partner of Derman & Schwellnus Inc., worked with many athletes and treated Pistorius in the past. Derman said that the sprint runner is perceived as being very able because of his athletic career but in reality he is vulnerable.

"You've got a paradox of an individual who is supremely able, and you've got an individual who is significantly disabled," said Derman. "He has a specific fear of being trapped somewhere without being able to move very rapidly.”

Pistorius fatally shot his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in his home on Valentine’s Day last year. He has maintained that it was an accident and that he had mistaken her for an intruder.

Derman’s testimony for the defense is trying to explain that the Paralympian’s disability and “fear” contributed to why he acted as he did and fired shots through the closed bathroom door.

The state, however, said that the athlete intentionally murdered the model and accused the witness of being biased because of the doctor-patient relationship he has with the defendant.

Pistorius has plead not guilty to murder and weapon charges.

image courtesy of Magazine Features/INFphoto.com

 

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