Pistorius arrives at Weskoppies

By admin
26 May 2014

Suffering from a common anxiety disorder, murder-accused Oscar Pistorius arrived at the Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital in Pretoria this morning. His trial had been postponed to June 30.

Murder-accused paralympian Oscar Pistorius arrived at the Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital in Pretoria before 9am on Monday, SABC reported.

Security was tight at the facility and a huge media contingent had gathered there.

Last week, the High Court in Pretoria ordered that Pistorius be evaluated by four specialists when admitted as a day-patient for mental observation.

Three psychiatrists and one clinical psychologist would evaluate Pistorius to determine whether his general anxiety disorder and his disability had an effect on him when he shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year.

Pistorius was ordered to go to Weskoppies from Monday and every weekday thereafter. He would stay there from 9am until 4pm, or until he had been excused. The evaluation would not exceed 30 days, Judge Thokozile Masipa said.

Pistorius's trial has been postponed to June 30.

The order was made after forensic psychiatrist Merryll Vorster told the court Pistorius had general anxiety disorder. Based on this, the State applied to have him referred.

General anxiety disorder is a common anxiety disorder that involves chronic worrying, nervousness, and tension.

- SAPA

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