Psychologist: Oscar Pistorius suffering from PTSD, is a suicide risk

By Evan Hilbert |

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Oscar Pistorius is said to be suffering from PTSD. (Getty Images)

The Oscar Pistorius murder trial continued Wednesday with the court hearing that the double-amputee is extremely traumatized by the death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and would be a suicide risk if his condition were to go untreated.

These conclusions were reached by Dr. Jonathan Scholtz, a psychologist, and read to the court by Pistorius' lawyer, Barry Roux. Pistorius has spent the last month on break from trial while being evaluated by a team of doctors.

On Monday, the court heard that Pistorius was found to be of sound mind when he shot Steenkamp. Still, it has been found that Pistorius suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, and doctors say his condition will only get worse if not tended to.

The psychological evaluation was ordered by the court after Pistorius' defense team signalled that perhaps the shooting was caused by a bout of temporary insanity. Pistorius was found to be mentally stable, however a professor monitoring the Olympian testified, according to the Associated Press, that "he is an anxious individual."

Scholtz's report also indicated that Pistorius has no history of violent behavior, which is a blow to the prosecution's theory that he murdered Steenkamp in a fit of rage.

All told, it is highly unlikely that Pistorius will be acquitted by reason of insanity, but his defense team appears set on displaying his mental state as much as possible.

If convicted of murder, Pistorius would face 25 years to life in prison.

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