Pistorius case: Psychiatrist has heart attack

A psychiatrist on the panel set up to evaluate Pistorius has been hospitalised.

Oscar Pistorius leaves the High Court in Pretoria on 12 May 2014. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Murder accused Oscar Pistorius's defence team has confirmed a psychiatrist on the panel set up to evaluate him has been hospitalised after suffering a heart attack.

But it's unclear whether this will affect court proceedings on Monday as the trial is scheduled to resume next week.

Pistorius has been under psychiatric observation at the Weskoppies psychiatric hospital for the past month.

He shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year.

While he claims it was an accident, the state has argued he killed her in cold blood.

Defence advocate Barry Roux says he received a text message on Thursday night informing him that a psychiatrist who evaluated Pistorius had suffered a heart attack.

Roux says he has no further details on the status of the person and can't say whether this development will affect court proceedings.

The National Prosecuting Authority's Nathi Mncube says he is not in a position to comment on the matter, saying only that as far as the state is concerned, the report on the 'blade runner' is expected to be presented in court on Monday.

Eyewitness News understands Pistorius ended his evaluation at the hospital several days ago and the report was expected to be finished on Thursday, for collection today.

Watch: Oscar Pistorius reports to Weskoppies