South African court orders Pistorius to undergo mental evaluation

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Posted: May 14, 2014 4:37 AM

PRETORIA (Reuters) - A South African court on Wednesday ordered Olympic track star Oscar Pistorius to undergo evaluation for mental illness, likely further delaying a murder trial that has now stretched into its 32nd day.

Judge Thokozile Masipa ruled that such an evaluation would ensure that Pistorius, accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year, would get a fair trial.

Masipa said the court would hand down the details of the assessment on Tuesday, adding it would be "preferable" for Pistorius to undergo the evaluation as an outpatient.

(Reporting by Siyabong Sishi; Writing by David Dolan; Editing by Ed Stoddard)