Oscar Pistorius: Nightclub fight ‘has no bearing’ on murder trial

2014-07-15 17:23

An alleged altercation in a Johannesburg nightclub will have no bearing on Paralympian Oscar Pistorius’ murder trial, a lead detective with the South African Police Service said today.

“There is no complaint laid, so we are not investigating,” said Lieutenant General Vineshkumar Moonoo. “[It] has no bearing on his trial.”

A Pistorius family spokesperson, Anneliese Burgess said that the athlete was in the VIP section of a Sandton nightclub when he was approached by a man.

The man, who has since been identified as Johannesburg businessman Jared Mortimer, “started to aggressively interrogate” Pistorius on matters relating to his trial, said Burgess.

Pistorius is charged with the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine’s Day last year. He claims he mistook her for an intruder when he shot her dead through a locked toilet door at his Pretoria home.

The state, however, claims he shot her following an argument.

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