Pistorius to learn details of observation

Pretoria - Murder-accused Oscar Pistorius will on Tuesday learn the details of the order granted that he be sent for mental observation after the North Gauteng High Court heard he had general anxiety disorder.

Judge Thokozile Masipa is expected to hand down a specific order including details of whether or not the athlete would be an out-patient, where he would be admitted and the number of psychologists and psychiatrists that would be treating him.

Last Wednesday, Masipa granted the State's application that he be sent for mental observation after the court heard he had a general anxiety disorder.

Masipa said she was aware this would cause more delays, but said it was not about convenience but whether justice was served.

Last Monday, forensic psychiatrist Merryll Vorster told the court Pistorius had general anxiety disorder. Based on this, the State applied to have him referred.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel said it was necessary to send Pistorius for evaluation in case the disorder might have affected his behaviour on 14 February last year when he shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Pistorius is charged with murdering Steenkamp. He shot her dead through the locked door of his toilet at his Pretoria home.

Pistorius has denied guilt, saying he thought she was an intruder about to open the door and attack him. The State contends he shot her during an argument.

He is also charged with three contraventions of the Firearms Control Act - one of illegal possession of ammunition and two of discharging a firearm in public.

He has pleaded not guilty to these charges as well.
Marcel De Graaf 2014-05-20 07:37:57 AM
With his money and connections I am sure he will be an out-patient
BatongaBoro 2014-05-20 07:42:43 AM
if he goes as an out patient this is a farce. his anxiety, if it is a real thing, struck when he was asleep. observing him during the day will show nothing of relevance.
Julie 2014-05-20 07:45:29 AM
Rather no comment if it is not positive!
Solo Wing 2014-05-20 07:50:51 AM
The judge should send him to Valkenberg Psychiatric Hospital in Cape Town like they did with Shrien Dewani.
Gino Punsalan 2014-05-20 07:53:05 AM
I can understand Nel's concern that not doing this might be grounds for an appeal later should Oscar be convicted. But isn't the state risking an insanity defense if the observations concludes Oscar was mentally ill?
Lizanne Bester 2014-05-20 08:13:46 AM
Barry Roux would not have put Merryll Vorster on the stand if he did not contemplate this possibility of this happening. His case is weak and shot full of holes. What they have failed to do was to establish reasonable doubt. He does not have many options left.
Naas Du Plessis 2014-05-20 08:19:02 AM
If he had a mental disorder why do they mention it for the 1st time after 30 days. Lies lies lies.
Black Sabbath 2014-05-20 08:21:38 AM
How can you assess someone for anxiety when they are on a murder rap, of course he will have anxiety now, they have no idea how he was before the murder without being properly assessed then.
Nkosinathi Radebe 2014-05-20 08:23:58 AM
If it is true that Dr Leonard Carr is going to be part of the team of experts that are going to test him, well I've got bad news for the Pistorians. Your idol is toast. He is very very good. And he is thorough.
Liyema Mbatiwe 2014-05-20 08:35:18 AM
I pray that he goes as an in - patient to this observation!