Pistorius checks in for mental tests

Last updated 21:57 26/05/2014
Oscar Pistorius
Reuters
DELAY: Oscar Pistorius has been evaluated at a state institution for a month.

Relevant offers

Africa

Nigeria's Muhammadu Buhari wins historic election landslide Bus goes off cliff in Peruvian Andes, 21 dead Steenkamp, Longley meeting: Helping to heal Ebola survivors told to stop having sex Nine militants killed in Tunisia raid Al Shabab siege at Somali hotel ends with 24 dead Boko Haram on the retreat in Nigeria Tunisia museum to reopen after massacre June Steenkamp: fighting to keep women safe Hunting for the next Ebola outbreak in the deep African jungle

South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius checked in as a day patient to Pretoria’s Weskoppies psychiatric hospital on Monday for the first day of a month of mental tests ordered by the judge overseeing his murder trial.

The 27-year-old track star, who faces life in prison if convicted of murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine’s Day last year, sped past a scrum of waiting television cameras in a car with tinted windows.

A heavy police contingent kept reporters from entering the grounds of the hospital, one of South Africa’s foremost mental institutions.

Pistorius has denied murdering Steenkamp, saying he shot four times at a toilet door in his luxury Pretoria home to protect himself from what he thought was an intruder lurking behind it.

However, a defence forensic psychologist testified that Pistorius also had an anxiety disorder, leading judge Thokozile Masipa to send him for a mental evaluation to determine whether or not the condition affected his criminal responsibility.

The trial, which started in early March, has drawn huge domestic and international attention.

Before the shooting Pistorius, whose lower legs were amputated as a baby, was one of the biggest names in world athletics.

He won a clutch of Paralympic medals, running on carbon-fibre prosthetic ’blades’, and reached the semi-finals of the 400m at the London Olympics in 2012. 


Ad Feedback

- Reuters

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content