Pistorius may be evaluated for a month
The judge will today hand down an order outlining details of Oscar Pistorius’s mental evaluation.
The Olympian and Paralympian athlete shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year on Valentine's Day. Picture: Carte Blanche.
Picture: Carte Blanche.
Last week, Judge Thokozile Masipa ruled that he must be sent to an institution to be evaluated to determine if his generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) played a role in his actions.
Despite Pistorius's legal team opposing the application to send him for mental observation, Masipa said it was in the interests of justice that he was evaluated now. Picture: Pool.
The order will be handed down today which will outline the details including where, when and how long he will be spending time at a mental institution.
A panel of psychiatrists will monitor the athlete to determine if he does have GAD and if it should be considered a mental illness.
Pistorius's family spoke to the media outside court last week for the first time during the trial, saying they were comforted by Masipa's ruling and believed he was being given a fair trial. Picture: EWN.
Get all the latest on the EWN Pistorius portal.
Video: Pistorius to undergo mental evaluation.