South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius sits in the dock during his ongoing murder trial, in Pretoria
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Oscar Pistorius has 'anxiety disorder' says psychiatrist

Oscar Pistorius has had an anxiety disorder since childhood and was "anxious" about violent crime, a psychiatrist has told his murder trial in South Africa.

Merryll Vorster said that the athlete's actions when he shot his girlfriend on Valentine's Day last year "should be seen in context of his anxiety".

The double-amputee Paralympian denies intentionally killing Reeva Steenkamp.

Ms Vorster told the court: "He is certainly remorseful about the events... and has developed a depressive disorder as a consequence of this."

  • 12 May 2014
  • From the section Africa
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