Pistorius psychiatric evaluation underway

The athlete has been admitted to the Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital as an out-patient for 30 days.

Murder accused Oscar Pistorius arrives at the Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital on 26 May, 2014. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

PRETORIA - Murder accused Oscar Pistorius arrived at the Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital this morning for his first day of psychiatric evaluation.

The North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria has ordered that the athlete be admitted as an out-patient for 30 days to establish whether mental illness played a role in the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year.

The athlete says he shot the model by accident, while the state maintains it was a case of premeditated murder.

Pistorius arrived in a black Chevrolet Sonic Hatch with dark tinted windows. He was seated in the front passenger side and talking on his phone.

The vehicle was quickly swamped by cameramen and photographers before being ushered through the gates which were shut behind the vehicle.

The arrival in the compact sedan is in stark contrast to the luxury vehicles Pistorius is usually transported in and appears to have been an attempt to slip in unnoticed.

Earlier, investigating officer Mike van Aardt arrived at the facility and is likely to be required to fill in paperwork.

Pistorius has been ordered to report to the facility on Monday at 9am where he will remain until 4pm or until he is excused.

He will be evaluated as an outpatient for the next 30 days where four specialists including three psychologists and a psychiatrist will be monitoring him.

The specialists will have to compile a comprehensive report to hand in to the court at the end of June.

Judge Thokozile Masipa said the purpose of this evaluation i s to determine whether or not his GAD affected his actions and decision-making on the day he killed Steenkamp.

Masipa granted the order earlier this month following an application by the state, which was supported by Dr Merryll Vorster's testimony.

Vorster, who testified on behalf of the defence, said she didn't believe that Pistorius has a mental illness but that his GAD may have played a role in his actions.

Former high-profile patients at the hospital include 'Modimolle Monster' Johan Kotze and paedophile Cezanne Visser, also known as 'Advocate Barbie'.

The athlete's murder trial will resume on 30 June.