Pistorius trial, day 33 - as it happened

2014-05-20 09:06

Get the latest highlights from day 33 of Oscar Pistorius murder trial when he finds out the terms of his mental observation.


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Last Updated at 15:32
Murder-accused Oscar Pistorius will on Tuesday learn the details of the order granted that he be sent for mental observation after the North Gauteng High Court heard he had general anxiety disorder, Sapa reports.

Judge Thokozile Masipa is expected to hand down a specific order including details of whether or not the athlete would be an out-patient, where he would be admitted and the number of psychologists and psychiatrists that would be treating him.

Last Wednesday, Masipa granted the State's application that he be sent for mental observation after the court heard he had a general anxiety disorder.

Pistorius is accused of intentionally shooting dead Reeva Steenkamp on 14 February last year.

10:13 - Well, that's all folks. We'll be back on 30 June when the trial continues. Cheers. 

10:05 - 

10:01 - "After Masipa's judgment, Pistorius greets his brother, shrugging, looking him in the eyes, his hands outstretched, gives brother a hug," tweets freelance reporter Findlay.

9:57 - Court adjourned. Watch a full summary of day 33's court proceedings here: 

9:56 - The matter will return to court on 30 June this year.

9:56 - Dr Leon Fine appointed for defence, Weskoppies psychiatrist Dr Herman Pretorius, psychologist Dr Jonathon Scholtz on Oscar panel

9:56 - Masipa says team will assess whether OP appreciated what he was doing or was able to act in accordance with understanding.

9:55 - Masipa lists the names of the medical professionals who will be in charge of OP's assessment...

9:54 - He must go to Weskoppies hospital at 09:00 each week-day for no more than 30 days.He will leave at 16:00 each day.

9:53 - Judge details order. OP "must present himself as outpatient to Weskoppies on 26 May".

9:52 - Court is in session. 

9:51 - Judge is about to arrive. Cellphones ordered off. OP is seated.

9:48 - Pistorius (OP) is now deep in conversation with his lawyer, Barry Roux.

9:47 - Roux, Oldwadge, Webber, Nel and Johnson have entered the court, say reporters. The orderlies are taking their place.

9:40 - The public gallery is slightly emptier today but Reeva's friend Kim Myers and her mother, Desi, are there. Still no legal teams though.

9:37 - Barry Bateman: "Two ANCWL members make up the prosecution’s side of the gallery. No sign of Reeva’s mother or other supporters."

9:35 - Pistorius's coach Ampie Louw is in court, say reporters.

9:29 - Eyewitness News reporter Barry Bateman says counsel appear to be in chambers. "The order is likely being discussed before (Judge) Masipa makes it an order of the court," he tweets.

9:22 - "Counsel for the defence and prosecution have just left the court room together," tweets the trial channel.

9:13 - The athlete is in court, say reporters. "...Pistorius - hands in winter coat pockets - and an aunt are chatting away to court orderly," tweets the Oscar Trial Channel.

9:12 - Criminal law expert William Booth weighs in what mental observation means for Oscar Pistorius and his ongoing murder trial. Watch.

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