PISTORIUS MAY FACE PSYCHIATRIC TESTS

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PRETORIA: Oscar Pistorius’s murder trial debated his mental state on Tuesday, as the athlete faced a possible stint in a psychiatric hospital to establish if he has a “general anxiety disorder.” Under cross-examination on Tuesday, defense psychiatrist Meryll Vorster told the court that Pistorius’s anxiety would have given him a heightened fear of crime. During two months of trial, Pistorius’ lawyers have sought to portray the world-famous athlete as almost manically obsessed with safety after a difficult childhood and in the face of high crime levels in South Africa. The defense wants to show that contributed to Pistorius’s reaction when on Valentine’s Day last year he allegedly believed his girlfriend to be an intruder and shot her dead through a locked toilet door. Vorster testified that Pistorius had a “general anxiety disorder” that had an impact on his personal and sexual relationships.

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