Oscar Pistorius to spend 30 days at psychiatric hospital

Oscar Pistorius to spend 30 days at psychiatric hospital

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The Olympic and Paralympic athlete is accused of the pre-meditated murder of his girlfriend Ms Steenkamp in his home on February 14 last year, a charge he denies, claiming he fired the shots in the belief that she was an intruder.

Pistorius’ trial was delayed last week after Judge Thokozile Masipa ruled the 27-year-old would be required to undergo psychiatric tests.

That decision came after a request from the prosecution that followed a testimony from defence witness Dr Merryll Vorster, which pointed to Pistorus suffering from “escalating levels of anxiety”.

On Tuesday, Judge Masipa confirmed the location of Pistorius’ assessment, revealing that he must attend the clinic at Weskoppies from 9am to 4pm on weekdays, or when “formally excused” by hospital authorities.

Four mental health experts will oversee the assessment of Pistorius and compile reports for the court to judge whether he was criminally liable for his actions and whether he “appreciated the wrongfulness of his conduct”.

Court proceedings have been adjourned until 30 June, when the results of the evaluation are set to be heard.

The trial continues.

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