New bid over Oscar’s ‘sanity’

2013-02-27 00:00

THE woman who disrupted Oscar Pistorius’s bail hearing with concern about his mental state has now applied to the chief justice over the issue.

The non-practising attorney from Swinburne near Harrismith yesterday filed an urgent application with Judge Mogoeng Mogoeng — who is currently considering the case — seeking a psychological evaluation of the runner before his trial proceeds.

Annemarie — she says she is not sure of her surname, but was formerly Riethmiller and before that Versfeld — said in her papers she tried to persuade magistrate Desmond Nair to hear her.

But, she said, she was disrespectfully shown the door after the magistrate consulted the state and defence teams.

She maintains she was deprived of her constitutional right to place a matter in which she has an interest before the court.

She said she has known Pistorius since he was very young, when her first husband, Gerry Versfeld, amputated his legs.

“I have a unique insight into the complex makeup of Oscar. In later years, Oscar came to display more and more behaviour similar to that of my second husband [Riethmiller], who has serious mental problems.

“Therefore I wanted in the regional court, with my unique knowledge, to bring an application that Oscar should be observed by psychologists for 60 days, to determine if he is mentally sound, but especially whether he was mentally sound when he shot Reeva Steenkamp.”

It is her opinion that Pistorius had undergone a change of character, such that when Steenkamp “walked into his house the night before her death, she was in the house of someone who, with the pull of a [metaphorical] trigger, could become dangerous”.

She said her observations of Pistorius were that he had become a “powder keg” on the point of exploding or suffering a nervous breakdown.

• Annemarie said because of legal problems with her marriage in the U.S., she is not certain what her surname is at present.

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