Pistorius may be evaluated for a month

The judge will today hand down an order outlining details of Oscar Pistorius’s mental evaluation.

The judge will today hand down an order outlining details of Oscar Pistorius’s mental evaluation. Picture: Pool.

PRETORIA - The Oscar Pistorius murder trial could come to a halt for more than a month while he undergoes psychiatric observation.

The Olympian and Paralympian athlete shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year on Valentine's Day.

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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.

Defence witness, Dr Merryll Vorster, said his disorder and disability was something the court needed to consider.

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.

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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.

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