After a one-month break, Oscar Pistorius’ trial resumed on June 30 after he was evaluated by a panel of mental health experts. Oscar faces trial for the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, whom he shot on Valentine’s Day 2013. Read on to find out what happened.
Oscar Pistorius, 27, was back in court on June 30 after his trial went on a one-month hiatus, during which he was evaluated by a psychologist and three psychiatrists. The panel evaluated Oscar to assess whether or not he was capable of understanding the wrongfulness of his actions when he shot and killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, 29, on Feb. 14, 2013.
Oscar Pistorius’ Trial Resumes: Not Mentally Ill When He Murdered Reeva Steenkamp
Prosecutor Gerrie Nel referred to key parts of the reports — which have not been made public — noting that the experts believed Pistorius was “capable of appreciating the wrongfulness of his act” when he killed Reeva.
However, on June 30, defense lawyer Barry Roux called on surgeon Gerald Versfeld, who amputated Oscar’s lower legs when he was 11 months old, to testify about the runner’s disability as well as the pain and difficulty Oscar faced when he walked on his stumps without support.
Gerald told the court he believed it was unlikely that Oscar could have struck the toilet door in the couple’s home with a cricket bat and he would not have had enough balance on his stumps, according to ABC News.
Oscar Pistorius Suffered From Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Oscar’s psychiatric evaluation was triggered last month after psychiatrist Dr. Merryll Vorster testified that since Oscar was an infant he suffered from a generalized anxiety disorder that could have contributed to the killing, according to The Huffington Post.
On Valentine’s Day in 2013, Oscar shot and killed his then girlfriend while she was in the bathroom of the couple’s South African home.
If found guilty, Oscar could face 25 years to life in prison for premeditated murder. Oscar has pled not guilty and argued that he mistook Reeva for an intruder; however, prosecutors believe that he purposefully shot her.
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