Home > Mental health > Mental health in SA Updated 19 September 2014 Ex-girlfriend slams Oscar as violent maniac Oscar Pistorius's ex-girlfriend has published a damning account of her life with the convicted killer. 43 Man pointing gun from Shutterstock ~ Ask CyberShrink » Talk Heart to heart forum » 13 hidden signs of stress Regenerative medicine: replacing brain cells lost from stroke Samantha Taylor painted Oscar Pistorius as gun-obsessed, violent and unpredictable in an interview with UK newspaper The Mirror.Fits of rageTaylor described several occasions on which she feared for her life after Pistorius, who was found guilty of culpable homicide last week, flew into fits of rage. Such outbursts were often caused by the sprinter's intense jealousy.She also claimed he had physically abused her.When he was angry, Taylor said, he would bite and pinch her, sometimes so hard as to leave bruises or scars. "He gets so mad he can't even speak," she said.Read: Abusive men rationalise behaviour It is not the first time that a darker side to Oscar's personality has been discussed. During his trial several incidents were discussed in which Oscar has been involved in physical altercations, as well as his anger after having lost a race at the Paralympic Games, declaring the winner was cheating.Margie Orford, writing in the Guardian, believes that Oscar is stereotypical of Africa's macho culture, where women are routinely treated as second-class citizens compared to their husbands or boyfriends. This same culture glamorises violence and firearms. Pistorius' love for the latter has been well-detailed both inside and outside of the trial.Called her a bitch Taylor describes one night when she feared for her life so badly that she hid his gun to prevent him from using it on her. A drunk Pistorius slipped and chipped his tooth, believing Taylor had attacked him, he rounded on her, shouting, swearing and calling her a bitch.Samantha Taylor was called as a witness by the prosecution during the trial. She says that she and the then-accused looked at each other the entire time. “I was just so frustrated because he was lying. He was so good at lying, " she said. Read: Why we lie Also detailed was Oscar's many personalities. Taylor says her family would joke about which Oscar would turn up today. Sometimes he would exceptionally charming and romantic, other times he could be sullen, depressed and angry. None of these descriptions paint a picture of Oscar Pistorius as an emotionally stable individual, but any pathological mental conditions were ruled out after the month of psychological assessment he underwent mid-trial.Read more:Mental ills: abused women at risk What if Oscar Pistorius goes to jail? Abused women need more protection Image: Man aims his pistol from ShutterstockSee breaking news and the hottest health tips before anybody else by joining South Africa’s biggest and best health community, like health24 on Facebook now! NEXT ON HEALTH24X October is Mental Health Awareness Month in South Africa 2016-10-12 16:21 More: Mental healthMental health in SA advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 43 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Medical Testicular cancer survivor: 'My testicle doubled in size' Natural Health Why are biologics so expensive? Diet and nutrition It can take months to break bad eating habits Medical Childhood chemo may have lasting effects on memory Medical Back pain patients with depression get more opioids Mental health 'Rogue' genes may be the cause of some ALS cases From our sponsors WIN a R2000 Skin Renewal voucher! Constipation in women SA's old diesel vehicles continue to fuel allergies Complete our allergy survey and stand a chance to win R 1000! Live healthier Wasting water? » South Africa is facing a water crisis Water saving tips Water quality report shocks SEE: How much water do you use per day? With level 4 water restrictions in Cape Town, residents are urged to use a maximum of 100 litres per person per day. Here’s how quickly it adds up. Life saving tip! » SEE: 10 things to keep in your first aid kit 10 first aid myths Here's why you need a first aid kit in the car Emergency services are often spread thin, especially when storms and major disasters strike. When travelling on the road, having a well-stocked first aid kit could be a lifesaver.