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Physician says Pistorius is a 'paradox'

Oscar Pistorius (C) leaves North Gauteng High Court amid a media scrum after the second day of his trial accused of the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on March 4, 2014 in Pretoria, South Africa. Olympic and Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, aged 27, is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius denies the allegation claiming he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder inside their home on Valentine's Day 2013.  (Christopher Furlong, Getty Images)
Oscar Pistorius (C) leaves North Gauteng High Court amid a media scrum after the second day of his trial accused of the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on March 4, 2014 in Pretoria, South Africa. Olympic and Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, aged 27, is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius denies the allegation claiming he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder inside their home on Valentine's Day 2013. (Christopher Furlong, Getty Images)
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Updated: 7/03 5:38 am

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — A physician who has treated Oscar Pistorius has testified at the athlete's murder trial that he is a "paradox" whose racing triumphs contrast sharply with the severe limitations of his disability.

Wayne Derman, a professor of sport and exercise medicine at the University of Cape Town, said in court Thursday that the contrast likely contributed to stress and anxiety for the double-amputee runner, who fatally shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Derman is testifying for the defense, which wants to show that Pistorius' alleged sense of vulnerability was a factor in the nighttime shooting in his home last year.

Pistorius says he killed Steenkamp by mistake, thinking there was a dangerous intruder in his home. The prosecution says he intentionally killed the 29-year-old model after the couple had a Valentine's Day argument.

 

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