Oscar team can't consult State psychiatrist - judge

2014-07-07 15:16
Oscar Pistorius sits in court in Pretoria. (Ihsaan Haffejee, AP)

Oscar Pistorius sits in court in Pretoria. (Ihsaan Haffejee, AP)

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Oscar's trial - day 38 summary

2014-07-07 15:24

Find out everything you need to know about day 38 of Oscar Pistorius's trial here. WATCH

Pretoria – Murder accused Oscar Pistorius's defence may not consult State psychiatrist Carla Kotze, Judge Thokozile Masipa ruled on Monday.

"No basis has been laid for the request to consult Dr Kotze," Masipa said in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.

"The defence is not permitted to consult with Dr Kotze."

Masipa said Kotze was not a "normal witness" and merely because she was in court did not mean Pistorius's defence could speak to her.

Pistorius is charged with murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year.

Advocate Barry Roux for the athlete, said he had wanted to consult Kotze before deciding on calling a last witness.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel objected, saying the defence could consult its own psychiatrist Dr Leon Fine.

Kotze and Fine were part of the panel of three psychiatrists and one clinical psychologist who observed Pistorius for 30 days at Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital following a court order.

Masipa on Monday said she did not think allowing the defence to consult Kotze would be in the interest of justice.

Roux asked the court to adjourn to Tuesday, when the athlete's defence is expected to close its case.

Pistorius claims he shot Steenkamp by accident through the locked door of the toilet in his home, thinking she was an intruder about to emerge and attack him.

He broke the door down with a cricket bat to get to a dying Steenkamp.

He has testified that he found her slumped over the toilet, picked her up and carried her downstairs.

The State contends he killed her during an argument.

Read more on:    gerrie nel  |  reeva steenkamp  |  oscar pistorius  |  barry roux  |  thokozile masipa  |  pretoria  |  pistorius trial

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