Carl Pistorius case: Conflicting versions

2013-04-03 17:33
Carl Pistorius (Picture: Sapa)

Carl Pistorius (Picture: Sapa)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Vanderbijlpark - A Gauteng court heard conflicting versions on Wednesday of an accident involving Carl Pistorius, paralympian Oscar Pistorius's brother, during which a motorcyclist was killed.

Pistorius' lawyer Kenny Oldwage told the Vanderbijlpark Magistrate's Court that the version of events of the State's first witness was not a true reflection of what happened in the March 2008 crash.

Oldwage was questioning Anton Coetzee, who witnessed Maria Barnard's motorbike colliding with Pistorius's bakkie in River Road in Vanderbijlpark.

"Do you agree, that my client's version of events are supported by the evidence?" asked Oldwage.

Coetzee conceded: "If it is how he feels, then I'll accept that."

Oldwage read out Pistorius's version of the accident and said he would testify that he was driving next to a Volkswagen Fox when he heard a noise coming from the undercarriage of his car.

He then observed a motorcycle was airborne and to the right of his bakkie.

Pistorius would testify that he applied brakes and "safely" brought his vehicle to a standstill.

"My client denies in the strongest terms that he drove his vehicle in a reckless or negligent manner," Oldwage said.

Oldwage added that the driver of the Volkswagen Fox would testify that Barnard was driving at a high speed.

Oldwage asked if under the circumstances, that the road was in a semi-agricultural area, it would be "reckless" to overtake a vehicle that was in the oncoming lane and in the process of overtaking.

Coetzee conceded.

Suddenly swerved

Pistorius faces a charge of culpable homicide with reckless and negligent driving, and alternatively driving without reasonable consideration for another person using the road.

Coetzee agreed that because Barnard's helmet was still on her head when he was at the accident scene he was unable to smell alcohol on her breath.

He added that she had not taken alcohol in his presence and did not know the exact speed at which she was travelling.

The court heard that a message of condolence posted on a website by Coetzee, "Dead men riding", came under question.

Coetzee had posted a tribute to Barnard shortly after the accident, referring to her as "Beloved Marietjie".

The court heard that Coetzee and Barnard were friends.

Earlier, Coetzee recalled the events that led to the accident, saying there was nothing Barnard could do to avoid bumping into Pistorius who had "suddenly swerved".

He said the bakkie was halfway over the white middle-lane and the bike hit the bakkie's tail-light.

Oldwage put it to Coetzee that according to police and the photograph, the skidmark from the motorbike was 18.3m long, showing that Barnard did try to brake.

He said this contradicted Coetzee's version that the accident happened too fast and that there was nothing Barnard could do.

Oldwage concluded his cross-examination of Coetzee on Wednesday afternoon.

Magistrate Buks du Plessis clarified the route taken by the bikers and the time constraints before he excused Coetzee.

The case was postponed to 25 April.

- SAPA
Read more on:    carl pistorius  |  johannesburg
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
37 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

The world's least visited destination is breathtaking!

Who would have guessed the world’s least visited country would have such spectacular beaches?

 
 

I love summer.24

LOL treadmill fail!
Google’s top searches of 2014
10 of the strangest Christmas traditions around the world
2014's best drone videos

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2DAYS ONLY – 30% off Appliances

Coffee makers, blenders, fans, juicers and more. T&Cs apply. Shop now!

2 DAYS ONLY – 40% off books

Get 40% off when you buy 2 books. For two days only! T&Cs apply. Buy now!

Up to 50% off on outdoor gear

Save on chairs, blankets, cooler bags, umbrellas and more. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. Buy now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Any chance to explore the distant shores of things yet to be found will fascinate you. The challenge is dealing with the issues...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.