PISTORIUS: Judge Orders 30-Day Mental Evaluation


Thokozile Masipa, the presiding judge in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial has ruled that the Paralympic star will start a period of psychiatric evaluation at a state institution on Monday, May 26.


Judge Masipa said on Tuesday that the double-amputee athlete’s murder trial would be postponed until June 30 while he is observed as an outpatient at Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital in Pretoria.


Pistorius must present himself at the hospital every weekday at 9am. He would be evaluated by a panel of four mental health experts. He is expected to leave the facility at 4pm or when allowed by hospital authorities. Masipa ruled that Pistorius’ period of observation will not be more than 30 days.


A psychiatrist had testified at Pistorius murder trial that he had an anxiety disorder that may have contributed to him fatally shooting girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year Valentines’ day.

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