Oscar Pistorius To Undergo 30-Day Psychiatric Evaluation As Part Of Murder Trial

Embattled South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius was today, Tuesday May 20, 2014 ordered to undergo a month of psychiatric tests to find out whether he was criminally responsible on the night he shot dead his girlfriend on Feb 14 last year.

Judge Thokozile Masipa told Pistorius he had to report to Pretoria&#39s Weskoppies hospital, one of South Africa&#39s top mental institutions, as an outpatient for up to 30 days, starting on May 26.

The ruling was prompted by testimony by a psychiatrist on behalf of the defence that the double-amputee Olympic athlete has generalised anxiety disorder and that this may have influenced his judgment when he fatally shot Steenkamp through a lavatory door in his home on 14 February 2013.
The chief prosecutor then requested psychiatric testing – a move opposed by Pistorius&#39 chief lawyer.

Judge Masipa agreed with the prosecutor, saying it was important to independently assess Pistorius&#39 state of mind because the defence might now argue that he was not criminally responsible for the shooting because of his anxiety disorder.

The prosecution says Pistorius killed Reeva Steenkamp intentionally after an argument, while Pistorius says he shot Steenkamp by mistake, thinking there was an intruder in his home.

Credit: The Telegraph


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