Oscar Pistorius to report to Weskoppies
The athlete will begin his 30 day psychiatric evaluation today.
PRETORIA - Murder accused Oscar Pistorius will be checking in to the Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital this morning for his 30 day assessment where his mental state will be evaluated.
Specialists will determine whether or not his Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) played any role in his actions last year when he shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his upmarket Pretoria East home on Valentine's Day last year.
The 'Blade Runner' says he shot the model by accident, while the state maintains it was a case of premeditated murder.
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 is 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.