Pistorius 'doesn't fit' criteria for GAD
Parts of the athlete's psychiatric report were read out in court this morning.
PRETORIA - Parts of Oscar Pistorius's psychiatric report have been read out on the record in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, confirming he did not suffer from a mental disorder at the time he shot and killed Reeva Steenkamp.
The Paralympic and Olympic athlete's murder trial resumed on Monday morning in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria after the athlete completed a 30 day psychiatric evaluation at Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital as an outpatient.
A panel of three psychiatrists and a psychologist observed, tested and evaluated Pistorius's mental health on and off for nearly four weeks.
Judge Thokozile Masipa ruled that he must be evaluated before the trial could continue after 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 killed Steenkamp.
However, the psychiatric report revealed that Pistorius did not have a mental defect when he shot and killed Steenkamp at his upmarket Pretoria East home on Valentine's Day last year, confirming his criminal liability for her death.
The court heard this morning that the athlete also does not fit the criteria for GAD.
Defence advocate Barry Roux referred to Pistorius's psychiatric report highlighting that there is no history of abnormal aggression of violence or traits of narcissism.
Roux said Pistorius is severely traumatised by the events and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.
He said the athlete should continue being treated otherwise his condition will worsen and increase the risk of suicide.
Roux said there is also evidence Pistorius shared a loving relationship with Steenkamp.
State Prosecutor Gerrie Nel then went on to read excerpts from the psychiatric report and pointed out that Pistorius currently presents an adjustment disorder, anxiety and depression but there was no diagnosis at the time he killed Steenkamp.
The two reports show the athlete's psychological issues manifested after the shooting not before.
The defence has now called sports medical practitioner Professor Wayne Derman to the stand.
Clockwise from top right: June Steenkamp; Lois and Arnold Pistorius; Gerrie Nel; Barry Roux; Amy and Carl Pistorius. Pictures: Pool.
PISTORIUS AN 'ANXIOUS PERSON'
The last defence witness in the trial has described the athlete as an anxious person who often suffered tremors in his hands and needed medication for a sleep disorder.
Wayne Derman, a professor of sport and exercise medicine, told the court Pistorius has chronic problems with his stumps particularly his left one, making it difficult for him to walk and balance.
After going into great detail about his credentials and expertise, Derman emphasised that disabled athletes have high levels of stress, especially while travelling internationally.
He also said there's no evidence of long-term effects on the bodies of disabled athletes.
Derman said Pistorius has hyper-vigilance and he's noticed this during several consultations.He said Pistorius exhibits an exaggerated startle response, adding that the fight-or-flight response is increased in people who have a disability.
He said the last time he spoke to Pistorius he told him he was lying next to the most wonderful girl.
PISTORIUS'S AGRESSION UNDER SCRUTINY
Earlier, the state submitted an article written by Talk Radio 702 presenter David O'Sullivan about how Paraympic athlete Arnu Fourie wanted to move out of Oscar Pistorius's room during the 2012 London Olympics due to his fits of rage.
Pistorius's manager Peet van Zyl is being cross-examined by prosecutor Gerrie Nel in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria about his relationship with the athlete.
In O'Sullivan's article, which first appeared on _The Telegraph _website, Fourie claims he didn't want to share a room with Pistorius anymore because he was constantly screaming and arguing over the phone.
Van Zyl was questioned by Nel about the incident yesterday and initially said he didn't know why Fourie asked to move out the room, before conceding he was made aware of the issue.
In contrast to O'Sullivans statement, Fourie released a statement on the issue last night, saying he cherished the moments he spent together with the athlete at the 2012 London Olympics.
In a short statement on Twitter, Fourie said that he was asked by their doctor at the games to change rooms and use the isolation room two nights before a big race.
- Arnu Fourie (@arnufourie) July 1, 2014
He said he wanted to rest and recover on his own in preparation for the race.
Nel also questioned van Zyl about the athlete's previous relationships and whether he had asked other girlfriends to accompany him on overseas trips.
He brought up an email which Pistorius sent to van Zyl which included a copy of ex-girlfriend Samantha Taylor's passport.
Van Zyl said he can't remember receiving the email but accepted that it is genuine.
Yesterday, van Zyl specifically said the only girlfriend Pistorius ever wanted to take overseas was Steenkamp. Yet that clearly isn't the case, and van Zyl should have remembered that, said Nel.
Nel moved on to say that a previous girlfriend, Jenna Edkins, travelled with Pistorius to Milan for a photo shoot.
He also asked about another incident of aggression where Pistorius apparently kicked chairs and lost his temper after being left out of race.
Van Zyl said he heard Oscar was upset about being left out, but didn't hear about him kicking chairs.
He said Pistorius was disheartened and in tears.
After Nel wrapped up his cross-examination of van Zyl, Roux briefly re-examined the witness.