had no mental disorder at time of shooting: psychiatrists
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[June 30, 2014]
PRETORIA (Reuters) - Oscar
Pistorius, the South African track star on trial for murder for shooting
his girlfriend, was not suffering from a mental condition that would
have impaired his ability to distinguish between right and wrong at the
time she was killed, a psychiatric report said on Monday.
Pistorius, an Olympic and Paralympic sprinter, has admitted to
shooting dead his model girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, but maintains
he mistook her for an intruder hiding in his toilet in an upmarket
The trial, which began in March, took a month-long break to allow
the 27-year-old to undergo a mental evaluation at Pretoria's
Weskoppies hospital after a forensic psychologist brought by the
defense testified that Pistorius had an anxiety disorder.
Judge Thokozile Masipa said it was important to find out whether or
not the condition affected his criminal responsibility.
"At the time of the alleged offences, the accused did not suffer
from a mental disorder or mental defect that affected his ability to
distinguish between the rightful or wrongful nature of his deeds,"
Prosecutor Gerrie Nel read from a report submitted to the court.
Both Nel and defense lawyer Barry Roux accepted the findings of a
panel of psychiatrists and psychologists after 30 days of
During the trial, prosecutors have tried to paint a picture of a
self-obsessed Pistorius who knowingly killed his law graduate
girlfriend as she cowered behind a locked bathroom door.
Pistorius could face a life sentence if found guilty of the shooting
on Valentine's Day last year.
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Pistorius competed against able-bodied sprinters on carbon-fiber
prosthetics, becoming one of the most recognized names in athletics.
Besides a clutch of Paralympic medals, he reached the semi-finals of
the 400m at the London 2012 Olympics.
(Reporting by Siyabonga Sishi; Writing by Helen Nyambura-Mwaura;
Editing by Ed Cropley and Sonya Hepinstall)
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