30 days at Weskoppies for Oscar

By Kirstin Buick
20 May 2014

After granting an order by the state to have the murder-accused sent for mental observation, Judge Masipa ruled this morning that Oscar would be an outpatient at the public psychiatric facility for 30 days.

On 26 May, Oscar Pistorius will be expected to present himself at Weskoppies mental hospital in Pretoria for psychiatric evaluation. "The accused [must] be an outpatient at Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital," Judge Thokozile Masipa said.

'The accused remains at the Weskoppies hospital until 4pm daily'

"That the accused remains at the Weskoppies hospital until 4pm daily," she said.

She said the appointed psychiatrists and psychologist will submit reports as they are concluded.

Records of the trial proceedings be made available, she said.

The matter was postponed to June 30.

Last Monday, forensic psychiatrist Merryll Vorster told the court Oscar had general anxiety disorder. Based on this, the State applied to have him referred.

Nel said it was necessary to send Oscar for evaluation in case the disorder might have affected his behaviour on February 14 last year, when he shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Oscar is charged with murdering Steenkamp. He shot her dead through the locked door of his toilet at his Pretoria home.

Oscar has denied guilt, saying he thought she was an intruder about to open the door and attack him. The State contends he shot her during an argument.

He is also charged with three contraventions of the Firearms Control Act -- one of illegal possession of ammunition and two of discharging a firearm in public. He has pleaded not guilty to these charges as well.

- Kirstin Buick & Sapa

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