Irish bookie offers bets on Pistorius trial

2014-02-26 16:18
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Cape Town - An Irish bookmaker has caused controversy after offering bets on whether Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius will be found guilty of murder.

According to reports on Wednesday, Paddy Power offered odds of 2-5 for a not guilty verdict, and 7-4 for a guilty verdict. South Africans aren't able to bet.

The offering later appeared to have been removed, but the section remained, suggesting that bookies plan to keep it in place once the trial progresses, according to Yahoo.

Paddy Power's betting page read as follows: "Singles Only. Applies to the verdict of Oscar Pistorius' first trial for the charge of premeditated murder. Bets void should charge be changed from ‘premeditated murder’ before verdict. Bets void should mistrial be declared. Bets will not be accepted on this market from permanent residents of South Africa."

Dublin-based Paddy Power is reportedly well known for controversial publicity stunts. One of its ads depicting a cat being kicked into a tree by a blind footballer was the most complained about UK advertisement of 2010, according to the Racing Post.

Pistorius is charged with killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine's Day last year. His trial starts on 3 March 2014.

The news of the offering caused uproar on social media, although Paddy Power's Twitter page made no mention of the bet.

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