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Pretoria court told Pistorius has 'anxiety disorder'

Published on May 12, 2014 7:27 PM
 
Oscar Pistorius sits in the dock during his trial at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on May 12, 2014. Oscar Pistorius's murder trial resumed on Monday, May 12, 2014, with a psychiatrist telling the court the sprinter had an "anxiety disorder", as the defence began to wrap up its case. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

PRETORIA (AFP) - Oscar Pistorius's murder trial resumed on Monday with a psychiatrist telling the court the sprinter had an "anxiety disorder", as the defence began to wrap up its case.

Opening the eighth and perhaps final week of evidence, defence lawyer Barry Roux called a forensic psychiatrist to testify on Pistorius's feelings of vulnerability, a factor that may have caused him to believe his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was an intruder when he shot her dead on Valentine's Day last year.

"It is my opinion, my lady, that Mr Pistorius has an anxiety disorder," said Meryll Vorster, recounting stressful factors in the Paralympic gold medallist's life.

Vorster, who also interviewed Pistorius's close family and friends to compile her report, said the athlete's disorder began when his parents encouraged the double-amputee to be normal.

 
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