Oscar Pistorius to start 30-day mental evaluation, murder trial postponed

Judge orders Olympic and Paralympic track star to start period of psychiatric tests at hospital and postpones murder trial until June 30

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 20 May, 2014, 4:51pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 20 May, 2014, 4:51pm

A South African judge has ruled that Oscar Pistorius will start a period of psychiatric evaluation at a state institution on Monday.

Judge Thokozile Masipa said Tuesday that the double-amputee athlete’s murder trial will be postponed until June 30 while he is observed as an outpatient at Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital in Pretoria.

Pistorius must go to the hospital at 9am every weekday and will be evaluated by a panel of four mental health experts. He can leave every day at 4pm or when allowed by hospital authorities. Masipa ruled that Pistorius’ period of observation will not be more than 30 days.

A psychiatrist had testified at Pistorius’ trial that he had an anxiety disorder that may have contributed to him fatally shooting girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year.