Pistorius For Psychiatric Tests

Oscar Pistorius was ordered by a judge on Wednesday to undergo psychiatric tests, meaning that the double-amputee athlete’s murder trial will be interrupted, possibly for two months.
The decision by Judge Thokozile Masipa followed a request for a psychiatric evaluation by the chief prosecutor, Gerrie Nel. The prosecutor had said he had no option but to ask for it after an expert witness for the defense testified that Pistorius had an anxiety disorder since childhood that may have influenced his judgment when he fatally shot his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.
Masipa said the court would reconvene on Tuesday to decide on details regarding Pistorius’ period of observation. The world-famous runner stood with his hands clasped in front of him in court as the judge explained her decision.
He could be acquitted if it’s found that he was not criminally responsible for Steenkamp’s shooting because of a mental illness. A mental disorder could also be used by his defense for a lighter sentence if he is convicted of killing Steenkamp. Legal analysts say the prosecution is in a strong position in the trial.


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