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Prosecution Asks Pistorius' Mental Health to Be Examined

Chief prosecutor asks court to place Oscar Pistorius under psychiatric observation after expert says he had 'anxiety disorder' before shooting Reeva Steenkamp dead

Gerrie Nel says 'no option' but to ask for study into Pistorius' mental health
Pistorius born without fibulas, leading to amputation of legs aged 11 months
Court hears how 'traumatic assault' of amputation left him with anxiety
Forensic psychiatrist: 'He was too young to understand why... His mother could not have comforted him'
She says fact that his mother slept with gun under pillow added to stress


The chief prosecutor in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius today asked the court to place the double-amputee athlete under psychiatric observation after an expert said he had an anxiety disorder.
Prosecutor Gerrie Nel said he had no other option but to ask for a study of Pistorius' mental health following testimony by a psychiatrist, who said the Olympic runner's anxiety could have shaped the way he responded to perceived threats.
Judge Thokozile Masipa has not yet ruled on the request.
It came after psychiatrist Dr. Merryll Vorster said events during Pistorius' life, including the amputation of his lower legs as a baby and his late mother's habit of sleeping with a gun under her pillow, contributed to his 'increasing stress.'

'Overall, Mr. Pistorius appears to be a mistrustful and guarded person,' Vorster told the court.
Testifying for the defence about his mental state, Dr Vorster said that because Pistorius had his legs amputated at such a young age, it would have been impossible to reason with the baby, making the pyschological scars much deeper.

Pistorius was born without fibulas in his lower legs, leading to amputation at the age of 11 months.
'He was too young to understand why,' Vorster told the court. 'His mother could not have comforted him because he was pre-language phase. It would been perceived as traumatic assault.'

Pistorius has said he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp by mistake last year, fearing that there was an intruder in his home when he fired through a closed toilet door in the early hours of Feb. 14, 2013. The prosecution says he killed her intentionally after an argument.
But Dr Vorster said the Olympic athlete displayed 'escalating levels of anxiety' through his life when she interviewed him this month. She said she also spoke to members of Pistorius' family, some of his friends and his agent.
Pistorius' defense said at the outset of its case that it would show his feelings of 'vulnerability' and his disability contributed to him shooting Steenkamp. Pistorius is charged with premeditated murder and faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted.
Vorster's testimony also dealt with what she said was Pistorius' fear of crime and how, because he was a double amputee, he reacted to perceived threats in a different way to other people. She noted Pistorius' mother, who died when he was a teenager, slept with a gun in her bed and also had a fear of being attacked in her home.

Cross-examining Vorster at the start of the eighth week of the trial, prosecutor Nel asked if she was saying Pistorius had a mental illness and should undergo a 30-day period of observation, and if he was changing his defense to one of 'diminished responsibility.'
Nel also asked the psychiatrist if someone who was suffering from an anxiety order of the kind that she had diagnosed in Pistorius, and also had access to guns, would be a danger to society. Vorster said the person would, indeed, be a danger.
Talking specifically about the shooting of Steenkamp, Vorster said Pistorius was more likely to try and 'fight' what he thought was an intruder than run away, because his disability meant it was harder for him to flee. Pistorius was on his stumps when he fired four times through the toilet stall door with his licensed 9mm pistol, killing Steenkamp.
Vorster also said his parents' divorce when he was a child would have added to the 27-year-old's general feelings of anxiety and insecurity.
After his parents split, Pistorius was brought up by his mother, who died of cancer when he was aged 15. Pistorius has frequently spoken of his love for his mother and the difficulty her death caused him.
Pistorius competed against able-bodied spinters on carbon-fibre prosthetics, becoming one of the most recognised names in athletics. Besides a clutch of Paralympic medals, he reached the semi-finals of the 400m at the London 2012 Olympics.


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...#ixzz31WQrb4bj


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I call bullshit. I don't believe a single thing that comes from this person. I understand that traumatic experiences and anxiety may cause someone to act a little over the top, but "accidentally" shoot your own significant other does not fall into that category.

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Re: Prosecution Asks Pistorius' Mental Health to Be Examined

i think it was clubhouse that called it...saying that Pistorius' was getting 'sick' in court at a 'unfit for trial' ploy. looks like what's going on.

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Oh man, I totally forgot that thread!

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Just throw the cunt in prison already.

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Re: Prosecution Asks Pistorius' Mental Health to Be Examined

The latest try-on by the defence in the Oscar Pistorius trial is that he suffers from "general anxiety disorder".
In general, he is anxious about spending the rest of his life behind bars.

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