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Oscar Pistorius to undergo psychiatric tests

Pretoria: A South African judge yesterday ordered Oscar Pistorius to undergo psychiatric tests to establish if he has "general anxiety disorder," during his murder trial.

Oscar Pistorius
Oscar Pistorius 

Judge Thokozile Masipa said a "proper inquiry" was needed to test whether the sprinter had a disorder that meant he was not fully responsible for his actions in shooting his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year.

The prosecution had asked Masipa to have Pistorius committed, after defence psychiatrist Meryll Vorster claimed deep-seated anxiety stemming from the early amputation of Pistorius' legs gave him a big fear of crime.

Pistorius' lawyers are portraying him as obsessed with safety after a difficult childhood in which his fearful mother abused alcohol and in the face of high crime levels in South Africa.

This, they argue, explains his reaction on Valentine's Day last year when he allegedly mistook his girlfriend to be an intruder and shot her dead through a locked toilet door.

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