Oscar Pistorius’s mental status will be at the heart of proceedings when his murder trial resumes in the High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday morning.
Pistorius faces a possible 30 day evaluation following testimony from a psychiatrist who concluded that the blade runner suffers from a general anxiety disorder and depression.
This condition could be linked to his reaction on the day he pulled the trigger.
The state is allowed to ask for such an evaluation according to Section 78a of the criminal procedure act.
The state has indicated that it plans to bring an application before court today to have the athlete examined.
Prosecutor Gerrie Nel will meanwhile continue to cross-examine the forensic psychiatrist – Dr Merryl Voster.
She said as a result of the amputation of his legs and an unstable childhood, Pistorius was more likely to fight than to flee when confronted with a perceived threat.
Pistorius has admitted to shooting and killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp but says he opened fire because he mistook her for an intruder.
Proceedings resume at 09:30am