A psychiatric report presented to a South African court on Monday showed that Oscar Pistorius, an African track star on trial for murdering his girlfriend, was not suffering from any mental disorder at the time of shooting.
Pistorius, an Olympic and Paralympic sprinter is accused of shooting dead his model girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, but he maintains that he mistook her for an intruder hiding in his toilet. The court had ordered a psychiatric evaluation of the athlete to determine his mental awareness when he committed the act
The report said that Pistorius was not suffering from a mental condition that would have impaired his ability to distinguish between right and wrong at the time he shot and killed his girlfriend.
“At the time of the alleged offences, the accused did not suffer from a mental disorder or mental defect that affected his ability to distinguish between the rightful or wrongful nature of his deeds,” Prosecutor Gerrie Nel read from a report submitted to the court, SABC showed.