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Oscar Pistorius declared fit for murder trial

OSCAR Pistorius has been declared fit to stand trial.

The paralympian's murder case has been on hold since May 20 while he underwent medical evaluation, but a psychological report

has ruled he did not have a mental disorder when he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Four appointed psychiatrists had to decide whether he was "capable of appreciating the wrongfulness of his act" or "criminally responsible" for his behaviour at the time of the shooting.

Both prosecution and defence lawyers have accepted the findings and the trial resumes in Pretoria, South Africa, today (30.06.14).

The athlete has denied deliberately murdering the model in February last year, insisting he acted in self-defence in the mistaken belief she was an intruder, and his lawyers had argued he was suffering from an anxiety disorder at the time of the incident.

Today, the court will hear from Dr. Gerry Versfeld who amputated Pistorius' legs and he will discuss the impact of the disability on the athlete.

The defence is expected to finish presenting its evidence in the next few days.

If found guilty of murder, Pistorius could face life in jail, or 15 years in prison if the court finds him guilty of the lesser charge of culpable homicide.

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