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Pistorius arrives at psychiatric hospital


PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - Oscar Pistorius sat in the passenger seat of a black sedan speaking on a cellphone as he arrived Monday morning at a government psychiatric hospital to begin the period of mental evaluation as ordered by the judge at his murder trial.

Pistorius' car drove through the security gates of Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital in the South African capital Pretoria behind a police van.

Judge Thokozile Masipa last week ordered that Pistorius be observed by a panel of four mental health experts for up to 30 days at Weskoppies after a psychiatrist testified at his trial that he had an anxiety disorder and it could have contributed to his fatal shooting of his girlfriend last year. Pistorius will be evaluated as an outpatient and return home each day. He was ordered by Masipa to present himself by 9 a.m. each weekday for tests from Monday for up to a month. His murder trial has been postponed until June 30. He is free on bail.

The disabled Olympian is charged with premeditated murder for shooting to death Reeva Steenkamp at his home on Feb. 14, 2013 and has been on trial in Pretoria since March 3.

Prosecutors say Pistorius, 27, killed Steenkamp, 29, intentionally after a late-night fight but his defense argues he mistook his girlfriend for a dangerous intruder hiding in a toilet cubicle in his bathroom when he shot her multiple times through the stall door.

His psychiatric evaluation was prompted by testimony from Dr. Merryll Vorster, a psychiatrist called by his defense, who said she diagnosed the world-famous runner with generalized anxiety disorder after interviewing him on two occasions at the beginning of May. Vorster said Pistorius had a long-held fear of crime and felt vulnerable as an amputee, and his disorder may have been a factor when he fired four times with a 9 mm pistol.

The chief prosecutor asked Judge Masipa to order the independent tests because he said Pistorius' defense might argue he wasn't criminally responsible for the killing because of mental illness.

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CherMoeLin May 26 2014 at 9:13 AM

Yes, I'm sure he DOES have an anxiety disorder now, especially when he thinks about the possibility of going to prison for the murder he committed. "Generalized anxiety disorders" don't normally make people commit murder. This guy seems to be more of a predator than anything. And quite an actor, as well.

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phunywun May 26 2014 at 9:42 AM

What a circus. This looks more and more like a Florida trial where you know the murderer is going free.

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hatterlitehouse May 26 2014 at 7:32 AM

What a waste of time and money. Did he not hear her scream after the first shot. I don't think any modest means person would get this chance.

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jade4953 hatterlitehouse May 26 2014 at 3:53 PM

She didn't scream, he did..

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bisgurn jade4953 May 26 2014 at 8:22 PM

Oh, you wouldn't scream trapped in a bathroom and someone shooting through the door?

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amazing grace hatterlitehouse May 27 2014 at 1:37 PM

U & I were NOT there!! & I don't know what I would do, in a PANIC, with NO LEGS TO WALK OR RUN ON, do in such a situation!! It's TOO easy to say what ANY OF US WOULD DO!!!

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bds6543 May 26 2014 at 9:28 AM

This is shades of the O.J Simpson trial.. total BS!

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Inisa bds6543 May 26 2014 at 11:09 AM

No, it's not BS. They are doing the right thing. The defense tried to pull a fast one on the court and the court reacted accordingly. I for one am looking forward to the resutls of his evalutation. I am sure he'll be faking his butt off and they will surely write that down and submit it to the court.

I bet his dung looks like bricks now. lol.

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aaldrew Inisa May 26 2014 at 11:19 AM

He's taken acting lessons now it's crying lessons he'll need.

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amazing grace Inisa May 27 2014 at 1:39 PM

U R REPULSIVE AND MENTALLY ILL! GET SOME HELP, SOON!!

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TR by ML Neal... bds6543 May 26 2014 at 8:15 PM

bds6543 how is this anything like the Simpson trial. It's the South African justice system...nothing like the U.'S. system.

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bds6543 May 26 2014 at 9:26 AM

A what? Anxiety disorder? WTF? How bout a steroid rage? Roid rage? Would we do this in the US? NOT!! They are really giving him the TOTAL benefit of a doubt. and trying to get him off . This is ridiculous!!

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ehomemail May 26 2014 at 10:31 AM

Well, such is the outcome of a trial, the rich get crazy and the poor get jailed...

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bisgurn ehomemail May 26 2014 at 8:27 PM

Don't forget ..and having disorders because the rich parents spoiled you.

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Bill May 26 2014 at 3:27 PM

This so called man is a joke. He knew who he was killing.

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raebeme May 26 2014 at 3:31 PM

GUILTY OF MURDER PERIOD

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Linda May 26 2014 at 7:45 AM

WHY is this being done now and not in the very beginning of all of this? I would have thought he would have been seen at a psychiatric hospital months ago.

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LeeAnn Linda May 26 2014 at 8:10 AM

Actually, it seems as though he should have been checked years ago.

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Anne Boleyns Crown LeeAnn May 27 2014 at 2:33 PM

Agree. If he wants to claim he suffered and was aware of this severe anxiety disorder, then he should have records of when he sought treatment for it. And it should be long before he shot his girlfriend in cold blood and anger.

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projcontrols Linda May 26 2014 at 12:26 PM

It's not the USA - but S.A.

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spectrumprodec2 May 26 2014 at 9:12 AM

perhaps he will crack under hypnosis

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gaiaearth1 spectrumprodec2 May 27 2014 at 1:11 AM

Hypnosis won't make you say anything you don't want to say.

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