Family welcomes Pistorius observation ruling

2014-05-14 12:30
Oscar Pistorius's sister Aimee, aunt Lois and uncle Arnold listen in court. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

Oscar Pistorius's sister Aimee, aunt Lois and uncle Arnold listen in court. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

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Pretoria - Oscar Pistorius's uncle, Arnold, said on Wednesday the family welcomed Judge Thokozile Masipa’s ruling that the murder-accused athlete be sent for mental observation.

Speaking to reporters outside the North Gauteng High Court, Arnold Pistorius said the ruling reaffirms the family's faith in the South African justice system.

Mental observation would ensure Pistorius gets a fair trial, Masipa said in the high court.

She ordered that he be sent for psychiatric evaluation after forensic psychiatrist Dr Merryll Vorster testified that he had general anxiety disorder, Sapa reported. This prompted the State to lodge an application to refer him for observation.

"This is not about anyone's convenience but rather about justice being served," Masipa said in granting the State’s application.

"I am satisfied that a case has been made out for the application, or the relief as sought by the State, and I shall grant that order."

Masipa said she was aware that the referral would cause more delays, but she believed it was in the interest of justice.

Pistorius is charged with murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. He shot her dead through the locked door of his toilet in his Pretoria home on 14 February last year.

He 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.
- News24
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