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Pistorius’ psychiatric assessment finds no mental impairment at time of girlfriend’s death

Posted Jun 30, 2014 7:35 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A psychiatric assessment has concluded that South African track star Oscar Pistorius did not suffer from a mental impairment affecting his ability to distinguish right from wrong at the time of his girlfriend’s death.

The chief prosecutor in the case disclosed the results in court on Monday, report the New York Times, CNN and Reuters. The trial then resumed with a defense witness.

Pistorius has maintained he believed he was shooting an intruder hiding behind the bathroom door when he fired the fatal shots that killed Reeva Steenkamp. Judge Thokozile Masipa stopped Pistorius’ trial and ordered the mental assessment in May when a psychiatrist testified that Pistorius suffers from an anxiety disorder that makes him feel his safety is threatened even when he is safe.

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