20 May 2014

South Africa: Pistorius Trial - Week Nine, Day One

Photo: Werner Beukes/SAPA
Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius in court (file photo).


This is the 33rd day of the Oscar Pistorius trial, and it's the one on which the murder-accused athlete will hear the details of the court's order that he be sent for mental observation. Last week Judge Thokozile Masipa indicated that it might be preferable for Pistorius to be observed as an out-patient of a facility. Today we should hear whether that's happening, and the details of the team assigned to assess Pistorius's mental state.

09.00 One wonders what Oscar Pistorius's feelings are today. On the plus side, he knows he doesn't have to brace himself for the spectacle of his defence team's witnesses being subjected to a bruising interrogation by the state's Gerrie Nel. On the downside, Judge Masipa's order that he be dispatched for psychological evaluation is likely to mean that court proceedings will have to be postponed for at least a month - and in the interim he will be spending a lot of time in one of the state's overburdened psychiatric facilities.

Last week we explained a bit about some of the potential outcomes for Pistorius's observation.

ENCA reports that part of what we'll be hearing from the court today is the composition...

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