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South African judge orders psychiatric tests for Pistorius

Published on May 14, 2014 4:30 PM
 

PRETORIA (AFP) -  A South African judge on Wednesday ordered that Oscar Pistorius undergo psychiatric tests to establish if he has a “general anxiety disorder,” raising the prospect of lengthy delays in his murder trial.

Judge Thokozile Masipa said a “proper inquiry” was needed to test whether the sprinter had the disorder that could mean he was not fully responsible for his actions in shooting his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year.

“The accused may not have raised the issue that he was not criminally responsible at the time of the incident in so many words, but evidence led on his behalf clearly raises the issue and cannot be ignored,” she said.

“Mental illness or mental defect are morbid disorders ... not capable of being diagnosed by a lay court.”

South African Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius sits in the accused dock during his murder trial at North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on May 14, 2014.  A South African judge on Wednesday ordered that Oscar Pistorius undergo psychiatric tests to establish if he has a “general anxiety disorder”, raising the prospect of lengthy delays in his murder trial. -- PHOTO AFP
 
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