Oscar's night in cell for 'assaulting' woman

2009-09-14 00:00

PRETORIA — Paralympic star sprinter Oscar Pistorius spent a night in police cells after a woman laid a charge of assault against him.

Pistorius was arrested at 10 pm on Saturday in front of family and friends at his home on the Silverlakes estate, east of Pretoria, charged with assault with the intent to inflict grievous bodily harm.

Yesterday morning the police reduced the charge to common assault. The plaintiff is Casseby Taylor Memory (19) of Silverlakes.

Pistorius was released with a warning just after noon yesterday.

Police spokeswoman Sergeant Marinda Stoltz said the alleged incident took place at 7 pm on Saturday, after the girl and a male friend started arguing.

“He (Pistorius) asked the girl and her friend to take their argument outside. They left the house, but shortly thereafter the man went back into the house,” said Stoltz.

The girl was still outside and apparently banged and kicked the door. Stoltz said Pistorius opened the door and the girl started arguing with a woman inside the house.

“He (Pistorius) told the girl ‘this is my house and my friends and you have to leave’. He then started closing the door when a wooden beam weighing about 1,5kg fell on her leg and injured her.

“The girl sustained small scratches to her leg,” said Stoltz.

She said the girl reported the incident to the police only three hours later. “The girl then also admitted that she had been drinking,” said Stoltz.

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