Judge Masipa gives us confidence in SA justice system – Pistorius family

2014-05-14 14:55

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The Pistorius family said they had confidence in South Africa’s judicial system to ensure a fair trial for murder-accused Oscar Pistorius.

Earlier today, Judge Thokozile Masipa ordered that Pistorius be sent for a mental evaluation.

“As a family, we are confident by the thoroughness and detail of this judgment and Judge Masipa’s commitment using every avenue to ensure a fair trial,” the Paralympian’s uncle Arnold Pistorius said outside the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.

“It reaffirms our confidence in the South African justice system.”

Masipa said she was aware the evaluation would cause more delays, but maintained it was not about convenience but about whether justice was served.

She said the idea was not to punish Pistorius, and the possibility of him being an outpatient should be investigated.

On Monday, forensic psychiatrist Merryll Vorster told the court Pistorius had general anxiety disorder. Based on this, the state applied to have him referred for observation.

Pistorius is charged with murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on February 14 last year.

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