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Pistorius to start mental evaluation next week

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Posted: May 20, 2014 3:31 AM by Hunter Robinson
Updated: May 20, 2014 3:31 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: South Africa, Oscar Pistorius, murder, trial, blade runner, olympic, athlete, evaluation, postponed

PRETORIA, South Africa - A South African judge has ruled that Oscar Pistorius will start a period of psychiatric evaluation at a state institution on Monday.

Judge Thokozile Masipa said Tuesday that the double-amputee athlete's murder trial will be postponed until June 30 while he is observed as an outpatient at Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital in Pretoria.

Pistorius must go to the hospital at 9 a.m. every weekday and will be evaluated by a panel of four mental health experts. He can leave every day at 4 p.m. or when allowed by hospital authorities. Masipa ruled that Pistorius' period of observation will not be more than 30 days.

A psychiatrist had testified at Pistorius' trial that he had an anxiety disorder which may have contributed to him fatally shooting girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year.

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