Oscar's legal bill more than R1m - report

2013-03-02 10:42
Oscar Pistorius (Nelius Rademan, Beeld)

Oscar Pistorius (Nelius Rademan, Beeld)

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Johannesburg - Murder-accused Paralympian Oscar Pistorius's legal costs during his week of detention probably amounted to up to R1.2m, a legal expert said in a report on Saturday.

Beeld quoted law professor Tom Coetzee as saying the week during which his bail application was heard, his legal costs were probably anything between R1m and R1.2m.

And, he added, that was a "very conservative" estimate.

"And this is only the beginning. Until his next court appearance, consultations will continuously take place.

"Then his trial starts, which will make the current bill look small," said Coetzee.

Beeld also reported on the Pistorius family's financial interests, saying the grandfather, Hendrik Pistorius, 95, started a mining business in 1944, which expanded into other businesses.

He and his sons currently own almost 120 companies actively doing business today, both locally and overseas.

Oscar and his brother, Carl, are co-directors in four of these companies, reported Beeld.

Oscar Pistorius is facing a murder charge after shooting dead his model girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine's Day.

Visit News24's Oscar Pistorius Special Report.

- SAPA
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