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Pistorius has anxiety disorder, psychiatrist tells court

Monday, May 12, 2014 - 01:16

May 12 - A forensic psychiatrist tells a South African court that Oscar Pistorius, the athlete on trial for murder, suffers from an anxiety disorder. Vanessa Johnston reports.

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**QUALITY AS INCOMING** Oscar Pistorius arrives in court on day 30 of his murder trial. The South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter is on trial for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, a law graduate and model. A forensic psychiatrist testified on Monday for the defense about Pistorius' mental state. He told the court that the athlete suffers from an anxiety disorder, provoked by an unstable childhood and having his lower legs amputated as a baby. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FORENSIC PSYCHIATRIST, MERRYL VORSTER, SAYING: "Well, I think that the generalized anxiety disorder is relevant to the facts, and so it would be for the court to decide, if that constitutes a mental illness or whether there is sufficient doubt and whether the accused should be referred to observation or not." State prosecutor Gerrie Nel told the judge that he intends to bring an application to have Pistorius mentally evaluated following the doctor's diagnosis. The athlete says he killed Steenkamp after mistaking her for an intruder, but the state alleges that he shot her in a fit of rage after the couple had an argument. If found guilty, Pistorius faces life in prison.

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Pistorius has anxiety disorder, psychiatrist tells court

Monday, May 12, 2014 - 01:16