Oscar Pistorius trial to resume
The trial resumes today after a six week break, during which Pistorius underwent a psychiatric evaluation.
PRETORIA - The murder trial of Oscar Pistorius is scheduled to resume today with the submission of a psychiatric evaluation report.
The trial resumes after a six week break, in which time Pistorius underwent psychiatric observation at the Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital.
A panel of three psychiatrists and a psychologist observed, tested and evaluated Pistorius's mental health on and off for nearly four weeks.
It emerged last week that one of the psychiatrists on the panel setup to study the athlete's mental health had a heart attack, but this is unlikely to delay proceedings.
Dr Merryll Vorster, who testified on behalf of the defence, told the court that Pistorius has general anxiety disorder (GAD) and that it may have played a role in his conduct on the night he
shot and killed Reeva Steenkamp 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.
The Paralympian is also facing two separate firearm-related charges and one for the illegal possession of ammunition.
Eyewitness News understands that it's unlikely that Pistorius's psychiatric report will be read in to the record, but merely submitted as an exhibit and delivered to the legal teams and the judge.
It's also unclear whether it will be available as a public document, but this will be clarified this morning.
Once formalities related to the report have been dealt with, defence advocate Barry Roux will call his next witness.
It's expected he'll call three more witnesses before closing his case.
When court adjourned six weeks ago, Roux had lined up Pistorius's orthopaedic surgeon Dr Gerry Versfeld to take the stand.
Versfeld, who was responsible for amputating the athlete's legs as a child, is expedited to testify on issues related to vulnerability of disabled people.
It's believed Roux will also call a witness to give evidence that Pistorius sounds like a woman when he shouts while anxious.