Pistorious' brother in court

By Drum Digital
27 March 2013

Murder accused paralympian Oscar Pistorius's brother Carl is expected to appear in the Vanderbijlpark Magistrate's Court on Wednesday on charges of culpable homicide.

The charges relate to an accident in 2008 which led to the death of a 36-year-old woman.

In a statement last month, the Pistorius family's attorney Kenny Oldwage said culpable homicide charges were brought against Carl Pistorius after the accident, but were later withdrawn by the State.

The National Prosecuting Authority later reinstated the charges.

Oldwage said there was "no doubt that Carl is innocent", and he said the charge would be challenged in court.

"Carl deeply regrets the accident. Blood tests conducted by the police at the time proved that he had not been under the influence of alcohol, confirming that it was a tragic road accident after the deceased collided with Carl's car."

His appearance comes a day before Oscar Pistorius challenges the bail conditions imposed on him by the Pretoria Magistrate's Court.

The court granted Pistorius bail of R1 million on February 22 after he was charged with the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

He is accused of shooting dead Steenkamp in his home in Pretoria on February 14.

-by Sapa

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