Brother Carl had own trial delayed

2013-02-25 00:00

CARL Pistorius (28) was a vital support for his younger brother, Oscar, throughout last week’s gruelling bail hearing.

So much so, that he was granted a postponement in his own trial for culpable homicide arising from a car accident.

Carl’s trial in connection with the 2008 death of a woman motorbike rider was supposed to start in Vanderbijlpark on Thursday last week.

But he asked for and was granted a postponement until the end of March.

The accident occurred near the Vaal Barrage.

Family lawyer Kenny Oldwage confirmed the case by SMS yesterday morning, after it was reported by eCNA news.

Later, in a statement released by Vuma Reputation Management, which is handling media liaison for Oscar, he said the case had been previously withdrawn, but the director of Public Prosecutions had decided to reinstate it.

“There is no doubt that Carl is innocent and the charge will be fought in court,” Oldwage said.

“Carl regrets the accident. Blood tests done at the time showed that he was not under the influence of alcohol,” the statement said. It said the woman collided with Carl’s car.

NPA spokesperson Bulelwo Makeke, confirmed that Carl’s legal team had approached the prosecutor at Vanderbijlpark with a request for a postponement.

Meanwhile, at Arnold Pistorius’s home in Waterkloof, Pretoria, where Oscar is staying, neighbours and the curious drove slowly past, staring at the media crowd gathering outside.

Sister Aimée Pistorius emerged at about 10 am, and waved politely at media gathered on the verge opposite before driving off.

Shortly afterward, Carl arrived.

Reporters were well looked after by neighbours, with one woman bringing hot coffee and fresh croissants. On Saturday, a neighbour offered ginger beer. Her verge had been cordoned off yesterday to keep reporters at bay.

The family themselves also offered refreshment on Saturday, uncle Arnold bringing out grapes and energy drinks.

When two members of the Vuma team arrived, they introduced themselves to reporters before going inside.

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