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Pistorius psychiatrist suffers heart attack

June 27, 2014 7:53 pm

A psychiatrist who evaluated Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius in the trial for the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, has suffered a heart attack.

But this is not expected to delay the trial, which resumes on Monday, the prosecution say.

Mr Pistorius is due to complete a 30-day psychiatric assessment on Friday.

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The judge in his trial ordered the tests after a defence witness said the double amputee was suffering from Generalised Anxiety Disorder (Gad).

Mr Pistorius denies intentionally killing his girlfriend and says he accidentally shot her through the toilet door on Valentine’s Day last year in a state of panic, mistaking the 29-year-old model and law graduate for an intruder.

Mr Pistorius checked in as a day patient to Pretoria’s Weskoppies psychiatric hospital on 26 May, where he has been assessed by a team of health experts for seven hours a day.

Three psychiatrists and a clinical psychologist were tasked to determine whether his state of mind and disability had an effect on him when he shot Ms Steenkamp.

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