The aim, the judge said, was not to punish him twice, but to ensure that justice was done. She raised the possibility that Pistorius would not have to stay overnight in a state mental hospital for the entire 30-day assessment, but could be an outpatient.
Pistorius's lawyers have been massaging the case theory that Pistorius's latent anxiety, coupled with the fear that a burglar was in the house, led him to believe that firing four shots through a locked bathroom door was a reasonable thing to do.
The court-ordered psychiatric panel could help Pistorius' case or reduce his sentence if he is convicted if it finds that the Olympic sprinter suffers from generalized anxiety disorder. But a finding by the panel that he was fully functional at the time of the crime, able to control himself and had full criminal liability, could complicate his defense.
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