What awaits Oscar at the Weskoppies psychiatric hospital?

By Drum Digital
26 May 2014

Weskoppies former patient speaks to Drum.

Just when it seemed the end was in sight for his marathon court case, Paralympian Oscar Pistorius now has to undergo a month-long compulsory psychiatric assessment at a state mental hospital.

On 12 May, forensic psychiatrist Dr Meryll Vorster, testifying for the defence, said Oscar suffered from generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) and his killing of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, should be seen in this context. Oscar maintains the shooting was an accident as he mistook Reeva for a burglar.

Dr Vorster told the court Oscar’s anxiety stemmed from his legs being amputated as a toddler, but he also has a clear family history of anxiety which led to him being hypervigilant, fearful of certain situations and distrustful...

Read more in DRUM – 29 May, 2014.

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