Pistorius begins month-long psychiatric evaluation
Twenty-seven-year-old Olympic marathon runner Oscar Pistorius started his month-long psychiatric evaluation at Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital in Pretoria, South Africa on May 26, Tulsa’s Channel 8 reported.
Judge Thokozile Masipa ordered the hospital to find out if Pistorius exhibited any kind of mental disorder when he shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp multiple times through a bathroom door in his home on Feb. 14, 2013. The hospital’s findings could affect whether Pistorius can be held criminally liable for the act he committed or not. Pistorius, currently out on bail, must visit the hospital from 9 a.m. up to 4 p.m. every weekday for a month. Otherwise, he resides at his uncle’s home. Some experts believe Pistorius should be receiving 24-hour clinical observation and question whether his star athlete status may be giving him special treatment.
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