Oscar Pistorius to have mental health evaluation

Oscar Pistorius will undergo evaluation for mental illness, a South African court has ruled. Olympic and Paralympic athlete Pistorius denies murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

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Pistorius denies 'sinister' comment to Steenkamp friend

Oscar Pistorius has denied making a "sinister" comment to a friend of Reeva Steenkamp at his trial in Pretoria today, South African media reported.

Lawyers for Kim Myers alleged that Pistorius whispered to her, "How can you you sleep at night?" as he walked past her after his trial was adjourned today.

Oscar Pistorius denies murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Credit: REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

Lawyer Ian Levitt said the comment had been made "in a very sinister way", although Pistorius denied that he had spoken to Myers.

The claim could leave Pistorius open to an additional charge of witness intimidation in the trial.


Pistorius trial: Crying was from someone 'who needed help'

A next door neighbour of Oscar Pistorius, Mr Michael Nhlengethwa, has told the court that he heard "very loud" crying coming from the surrounding area on February 14th 2013, on the night of the murder of Reeva Steenkamp.

The defence witness said: "The way he cried, there is a difference between one who is crying because they are just sad. Also there is crying when you are in danger and need help. The crying we heard in the early hours, the person was very desperate for help."

Neighbour feared Pistorius would 'shoot himself'

A defence witness in the murder trial of South African track star Oscar Pistorius told the court on Monday she feared the double amputee would shoot himself with the gun he used to kill his girlfriend, on Valentine's Day last year.

Oscar Pistorius arrives at the high court in Pretoria. Credit: Themba Hadebe/AP

Carice Viljoen and her father Johan, the manager of the housing complex where the runner and his girlfriend lived, were first on the scene after the 27-year-old shot dead his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

Neighbour: Pistorius 'was broken' after shooting Reeva

A neighbour of Oscar Pistorius has told his murder trial, which resumed in Pretoria today, how the athlete appeared "broken" after shooting his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

ITV News Lewis Vaughan-Jones reports:

Johan Stander was the first person Pistorius phoned after the shooting last year - and said he was desperately trying to save Reeva's life. Pistorius denies deliberately killing her.

Neighbour: Pistorius 'was broken' after Reeva death

ITV News Africa Correspondent Rohit Kachroo is tweeting from the Pretoria courtroom where Oscar Pistorius' neighbour Johan Stander is giving evidence in the athlete's murder trial.


Pistorius trial resumes after Easter break

Oscar Pistorius is spotted leaving the Pretoria High Court, at the end of the fifth day of his trial, in Pretoria, South Africa. Credit: ABACA

The murder trial of Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius is set to resume today.

Pistorius, 27, is on trial for the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, whom he shot dead on Valentines Day last year in his Pretoria home. He insists he killed the 29-year-old law graduate and model after mistaking her for an intruder hiding in the toilet. The case was adjourned on 17th April.

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