Pistorius trial resumes after 30 days of psychiatric tests

Oscar Pistorius

The 27-year-old South African sprinter has been on trial since March 3.

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The murder trial of Oscar Pistorius resumes on Monday in a Pretoria with a psychiatric assessment, stating that he was not mentally incapacitated when he shot his girlfriend to death.

This was coming after a 30-day break in which the Olympic sprinter underwent psychiatric evaluation.

The Prosecutor, Gerrie Nel, said the results of the assessment were revealed in court on Monday when the Olympic sprinter’s trial resumed after a month-long break for the evaluation.

He quoted a report by psychiatrists, who tested Mr. Pistorius for 30 days, saying, “Pistorius did not suffer from a mental defect or mental illness at the time of committing the offence.”

Mr. Nel said the report added that Pistorius was capable of appreciating the wrongfulness of his act.

The 27-year-old South African has been on trial since March 3 on charges of murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, 29, in February 2013.
Judge Thokozile Masipa ordered his mental health evaluated after a psychiatrist testified Pistorius was suffering from generalised anxiety disorder at the time he shot and killed Ms. Steenkamp.
If he is found guilty of premeditated murder, Pistorius could be imprisoned for life or at least 25 years.

(dpa/NAN)


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