Monday, June 30, 2014

Oscar Pistorius Had No Mental Disorder When He Shot Girlfriend Reeva Steemkamp

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A panel of psychiatrists has found that Oscar Pistorius did not suffer from any mental illness that impacted his ability to know right from wrong when he fatally shot his girlfriend.

Pistorius, a double-amputee Olympic sprinter, has spent a month as an outpatient at Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital in Pretoria, South Africa, for a mental evaluation that the judge in his murder trial ordered.

The results state that Oscar Pistorius was able to understand the wrongfulness of what he had done, and appeared to remove the possibility that he could be declared not guilty because of a mental disorder. This would have meant that instead of prison for a guilty verdict, he would have been referred to a state psychiatric institute for care.

The requirement by Judge Thokozile Masipa that Pistorius be observed by a panel of four mental health experts for up to 30 days came after a psychiatrist called by the defense said she diagnosed him with generalized anxiety disorder.

However, it was announced Monday that the experts disagreed and the trial resumed. The South African sprinter is accused of gunning down Reeva Steenkamp through a locked bathroom door in his home on Valentine's Day of last year.

Nicknamed the "Blade Runner," Pistorius has admitted to the shooting but pleaded not guilty to premeditated murder, alleging he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder.

The trial continues.

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