Pistorius sent for 30 days of psychiatric tests

Tuesday 20 May 2014 16.53
Oscar Pistorius will attend Weskoppies hospital as an outpatient
Oscar Pistorius will attend Weskoppies hospital as an outpatient

South African Olympic and Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius has been ordered to undergo a month of psychiatric tests to find out whether he was criminally responsible on the night he shot dead his girlfriend last year.
              
Judge Thokozile Masipa told Mr Pistorius he had to report to Pretoria's Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital, one of South Africa's top mental institutions, as an outpatient for up to 30 days, starting on 26 May.

Mr Pistorius will have to attend each work day until 4pm.

The trial has been adjourned until 30 June.

Mr Pistorius is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in his home on 14 February 2013.

He denies killing Ms Steenkamp in cold blood after an argument, as suggested by prosecutors, and insists he shot four times at the toilet door she was behind, in self defence against what he thought was an intruder.

The Olympic star could face a life sentence if he is found guilty.