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Judge Grants Oscar Pistorious An Order For Mental Health Assessment

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Jomlett | 09:20 Wed 14th May 2014 | News
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Oscar Pistorius must be referred for a 30-day mental health evaluation in hospital.

The court will adjourn until Tuesday, when the full ruling on the referral – including the terms – will be given.

Roux asks the judge to consider the option of Pistorius receiving treatment as an outpatient.

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Sqad "good for the defense, but a slap in the face for the prosecution." No - it was the prosecutor Nel who asked for the assessment - Roux for the defence opposed it. From the Guardian... "Nel's manoeuvre appeared to take Pistorius's defence team genuinely by surprise and be regarded as a tactical ploy. Some observers suggested the prosecutor is calling the...
09:53 Wed 14th May 2014
Thank God for that
we can get back to some proper news
Someone has been killed (possibly murdered) Peter.
Hospitals are more comfortable than prisons !.
as an out patient though, ? bit strange,
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Judge Masipa indicated she was sympathetic to the defence request that Pistorius should be treated as an outpatient. Waiting times for an inpatient place in a psychiatric hospital can be several months, South African media reports.
Surely anybody who is in court on a charge of ?murder will have an anxiety problem.......and a MONTH for assessment?

This takes the heat out of the trial, good for the defense, but a slap in the face for the prosecution.

It will be easy to find a "tame Psychiatrist" who will give evidence to the fact that Pistorius is not fit to stand trial.
looks like this is how they are going to keep him out of jail, stinks!
Yep, the old insanity plea.
Awful....

I think it's clear his emotions were solely about the fact he's going down. Not saying he doesn't care about what hes' done but imo his feelings are centered on himself.
Sqad "good for the defense, but a slap in the face for the prosecution."
No - it was the prosecutor Nel who asked for the assessment - Roux for the defence opposed it.

From the Guardian...
"Nel's manoeuvre appeared to take Pistorius's defence team genuinely by surprise and be regarded as a tactical ploy. Some observers suggested the prosecutor is calling the defence's bluff by daring them to put Pistorius's mental stability to the test or withdraw it as a factor. Defence counsel Barry Roux said he would oppose the application"
So the prosecution is calling the defence's bluff - but a high risk strategy nevertheless.
For all that, it's hard to see how the prosecution's case is any more advanced than saying, "How could you have been so stupid?! - Therefore, you're guilty." I don't see how it's safe to convict him of the most serious charge based on a case like that. Perhaps after all he was suffering from a mental unbalance. Rampant paranoia? Who in their right mind could hear a noise in the bathroom and instantly assume "armed and dangerous killer", without checking that it's not "person next to me just out for a trip to the loo"... but from someone with mental health problems it's not unfeasible that they would jump to such a conclusion.

At any rate, it's hard to know what to think of the case any more.
sqad, his anxiety problem is not new,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,he has suffered with it for many years going back to childhood,( via psychiatric evidence yesterday ).
slaney.......what WOULD I do without you?..;-)

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Absolutely high risk, totally agree. Hope it pays off.
Yet he was allowed to have guns though, anne !.
Good - I referred to his mental health on the other thread this morning.
tony, im no expert, but I think many people have firearms in SA.
Of that I have no doubt, anne, but someone with metal health problems !.
Could be suffering from Hyper Vigilance they said, fight or flight and his disability would make him more likely to flght than flight. Hmmm. So risky.
Metal health? Very good tony. Is that someone with lots of guns?

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