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  • 26 May 2014, 16:50

Pistorius Begins Month Of Psychiatric Tests

Oscar Pistorius has arrived at a psychiatric hospital for the first day of a month of tests ordered by the judge presiding over his murder trial.

A car with the Paralympic star in it sped past a scrum of waiting television cameras and into Pretoria's Weskoppies psychiatric hospital behind a police van.

A heavy police presence kept journalists from entering the grounds of the hospital, one of South Africa's foremost mental institutions.

Pistorius denies murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and claims he mistook her for an intruder.

Judge Thokozile Masipa ordered Pistorius be observed by a panel of four experts for up to 30 days after a psychiatrist said in evidence that the athlete had an anxiety disorder that could have contributed to the shooting.

Forensic psychiatrist Merryll Vorster diagnosed Pistorius with generalised anxiety disorder after interviewing him twice.

Dr Vorster added Pistorius had a long-held fear of crime and felt vulnerable as an amputee.

Pistorius will return home each day after being evaluated as an outpatient.

He has to arrive by 9am each day and is free on bail.

The athlete's trial has been postponed until June 30.

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