Oscar Pistorius Declared Sane after Evaluation

#OscarPistorius was not suffering from a mental condition that would have impaired his ability to distinguish between right and wrong when he shot Reeva Steenkamp, a psychiatric report has found.

The trial took a month-long break to allow a mental evaluation after a forensic psychologist brought by the defence testified that Pistorius had an anxiety disorder.

Judge Thokozile Masipa said it was important to find out whether or not the condition affected his criminal responsibility.

"At the time of the alleged offences, the accused did not suffer from a mental disorder or mental defect that affected his ability to distinguish between the rightful or wrongful nature of his deeds," prosecutor Gerrie Nel read from a report submitted to the court.

Both Mr Nel and defense lawyer Barry Roux accepted the findings of a panel of psychiatrists and psychologists after 30 days of evaluation.

Pistorius's defence team has now resumed putting forward its version of events.

There are only a few witnesses left to give evidence, so the trial should finish this week, when judge Thokozile Masipa will retire to consider a verdict.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Thank you, for visiting The Helderberg Basin Blog