Oscar Pistorius is severely traumatized after killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year and will become an increasing suicide risk unless he continues to get mental health care, the judge overseeing his murder trial heard on Wednesday.
Defence lawyer Barry Roux read excerpts from a psychologist's report that said the double-amputee runner is suffering depression and post-traumatic stress disorder and "his condition is likely to worsen" if professional treatment for those conditions is halted.
The report was compiled during a 30-day observation period at a state psychiatric hospital. A report was also compiled by three psychiatrists.
The experts concluded that Pistorius was not mentally ill when he fatally shot Steenkamp through a closed toilet door in the early hours of Feb 14, 2013. The runner says he killed her accidentally, think he was about to be attacked by an intruder hiding in the toilet; the prosecution alleges he killed Steenkamp intentionally after a Valentine's Day argument.