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Pistorius to be sent for mental observation

Editor: zhenglimin 丨Xinhua

05-14-2014 20:21 BJT

JOHANNESBURG, May 14 (Xinhua) -- Murder-accued paralympian Oscar Pistorius should undergo a psychiatric evaluation, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria ruled on Wednesday.

The order was issued by Judge Thokozile Masipa who said the decision was to ensure that justice be served although it may cause more delays in Oscar's trial.

South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius (2nd L), charged with murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, walks to Pretoria

South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius (2nd L), charged with murder
of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, walks to Pretoria's North Gauteng High
Court in Pretoria, South Africa, on April 7, 2014.(File photo)

The ruling came as Pistorius' trial entered its 32nd day.

"I am satisfied that a case has been laid out... and I shall grant that order," Masipa said.

"A proper inquiry... would ensure that the accused gets a fair trial."

Masipa said the idea was not to punish Pistorius and the possibility of him being an out-patient should be investigated.

Court was adjourned to next Tuesday when the specific order would be handed down.

Pistorius is suspected of suffering anxiety disorder. Based on suggestion by forensic psychiatrist Merryll Vorster, the State applied to refer Pistorious to mental observation.

The paralympian was accused of premeditatedly killing his girl friend Reeva Steenkamp in the early hours of Feb.14, 2013. But Pistorius denied the charge, saying he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder.

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