Panel of experts find Oscar Pistorius was not mentally ill at time of shooting

By Elizabeth Learned,

In the ongoing trial of Oscar Pistorius, the runner accused of killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, health experts concluded he was not mentally ill at the time of the shooting.

The Daily Mail reported the trial had been on break for a month while a panel of experts, including a psychologist and three psychiatrists, made an assessment over whether Pistorius was able to understand that what he did was wrong.

The report from the panel found that they believed Pistorius was not mentally ill at the time and he was “capable of appreciating the wrongfulness of his act.”

The panel came after a psychiatrist, who was testifying for the defense, claimed Pistorius was suffering from an anxiety disorder and had a sense of vulnerability when it came to his disability and the possibility of a crime occurring.

However, the prosecution has argued that Pistorius murdered his girlfriend after an argument.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported the reports from the experts found that since Pistorius was able to understand his actions were wrong, he could be held responsible for the crime he committed.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel had called for the evaluation since he was worried the defense would argue that Pistorius was mentally ill at the time of the murder.

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